Pieris japonica ‘Valley Rose’

lily-of-the-valley shrub

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Outstanding Qualities

Lily-of-the-valley shrub is a herald of spring with the new blossoms being one of the first flowers to open. Pieris japonica 'Valley Rose' has strikingly beautiful, two-toned flowers. Each tiny, urn-shaped bloom has a deep rose pink cap that fades to blushed white at the tip. The full, profuse flowers gracefully cascade down this shrub, almost hiding the evergreen foliage. As the flowers fade, bronzy new growth add an extra sparkle to the garden. This clone was originally selected at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, near Aurora, Oregon, for its unusual flower color and strong disease resistance. Its slow growth and refined habit make it an excellent choice for the urban landscape. Pieris are a favorite and important food source for our native pollinator, the mason bee. Play off the delicate, evergreen foliage of lily-of-the-valley shrub with coarser plants, such as rhododendrons, or other bolder, variegated plants. FThis Pieris cultivar stood out at an extensive trial at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon.erns, hostas and epimediums also thrive in the company of this beautiful shrub.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: pink

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

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Resistant to: deer

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.