Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’

lily-of-the-valley shrub

Outstanding Qualities

This evergreen shrub has lustrous, dark-green foliage that provide a strong backdrop to the large panicles of long-lasting, dusty-red buds that open to pink flowers in early March. Growing in full sun to light shade, this is one of the easiest evergreen shrubs to grow and is highly disease resistant. It is a lovely companion to witch hazels and winter hazels. This Pieris cultivar stood out at an extensive trial at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: pink, chartreuse, cream

Culture Notes

Japanese andromeda is easy to grow in rich well-drained or sandy soil. This selection will also tolerate clay soil if the drainage is adequate. It prefers a site with full sun to light or open shade for the best flowering and growth. Occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best and if planted in sandy soil regular watering may be necessary. Faded flowers can be snapped off or lightly sheared off. This should be done as soon as the flowers have faded. Avoid locations in hot spots.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering