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Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris

Pieris japonica 'Shy'

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Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Shy') at Wallitsch Garden Center

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris flowers

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Shy') at Wallitsch Garden Center

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris flowers

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Lily of the Valley Shrub, Japanese Andromeda

Group/Class:  Enchanted Forest Series

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

A highly ornamental broadleaf evergreen shrub, prized for its delicate and showy chains of bright pink bell-shaped flowers, and brick red emerging foliage on dark red stems; a dense and compact variety; performs best in moist, organic and acidic soils

Ornamental Features

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris features dainty chains of pink bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from late winter to early spring, which emerge from distinctive hot pink flower buds. It has attractive dark green foliage with pointy light green spines which emerges brick red in spring. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Enchanted Forest® Impish Elf™ Japanese Pieris will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer: All inventories are based on seasonality and may be out of stock during certain times of the year.

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