Mountain Fire Pieris Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 7-9'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Mountain Fire Pieris
Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'
An exquisite flowering evergreen that brings joy to the late winter and spring border.
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After months of dreary winter weather, we are ready for the cold to be over with. Can we just get a sign that spring is around the corner? Mountain Fire Japanese Pieris (Andromeda) answers our prayers with a delightful display. Tiny, crystal-white blossoms like little bells appear, soothing our flower-starved eyes. They exude a delicious, sweet fragrance, too. Plant Mountain Fire in a shady but prominent spot in your landscape, where you can also enjoy its second performance—the new growth emerges a blazing red color, making a striking contrast with the glossy green leaves. Gorgeous!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 7-9'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • 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. Mountain Fire is a beloved form that has been around a long time. It was selected both for its brilliant new foliage and its profuse flowering habit.

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 Mountain Fire Andromeda 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 Mountain Fire 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 Mountain Fire 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 Mountain Firewhat 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 6-10' Tall
Avg Mature Width 6-10' Wide
Spacing 7-9'
Leaf Color Dark Green (Evergreen)
Fall Leaf Color Dark Green (Evergreen)
Flower Color White
Flower Time March-April
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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