Katsura Pieris Tree
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Katsura Pieris Tree
Katsura Pieris Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 4-5'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Katsura Pieris
Pieris japonica 'Katsura'
Two springtime displays and glossy evergreen foliage make this Accent a winner.
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Most evergreens earn their place in the landscape simply by having nice green foliage all year-round. Katsura Andromeda does so much more. This dynamic evergreen Accent goes above and beyond the call of duty. In late winter, it delights with sprays of dainty, pale pink to creamy white flowers that release a lovely perfume. Later on, another show gets underway. New foliage emerges a sultry burgundy-red color, making a dramatic contrast with the older green leaves. The effect may continue into summer with flushes of new growth. Give Katsura a high-visibility spot near your patio, porch, or front door, and enjoy the performance!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 4-5'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Japanese Pieris is often called Andromeda, although few who use that name realize the rather gruesome story behind it. According to Greek myth, Andromeda was a beautiful princess who was chained to a rock as an offering to a sea monster. The “chains” of flowers on this plant represent her own chains. (We’re happy to report that Perseus rescued the fair maiden before any harm was done.) Pieris is native to Japan, Taiwan, and eastern China. Katsura Andromeda was discovered at the nursery of Japanese plantsman Yoshimichi Hirose in 1986. He patented the lucky find in 2002.

The Details

Andromeda is in the same family as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Blueberries. This family of plants in general likes moist but well-drained, acid soils with lots of organic matter, and KatsuraAndromeda is no exception. Many of these plants also like afternoon shade in hot climates, and it is in a bit of shade where this Andromeda shines its brightest. If Azaleas and Rhododendrons do well in your area, then Katsura may be a natural to invite into your landscape.

How to Grow

Not a plant for regions with extremes of heat and cold, Andromeda prefers the more moderate temperatures of its Japanese homeland and does best where those conditions can be replicated. Plant Katsura Andromeda in acidic, moisture-retentive but not boggy soil in a site protected from both intense afternoon sunlight and strong winds. Heavy clay soils that retain too much water invite a deadly root rot disease. On the other hand, drought can take its toll as well. Applying an organic mulch and providing a steady supply of water will help give Katsura what it needs to thrive.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 5' Tall
Avg Mature Width 5' Wide
Spacing 4-5'
Leaf Color Dark Green (Evergreen)
Fall Leaf Color Dark Green (Evergreen)
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time March-April
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Katsura Pieris Tree
Katsura Pieris Leaf
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