Japanese pieris Ericaceae Pieris
japonica (Thunb.) D. Don ex G. Don symbol: PIJA3
Leaf: Alternate, simple, oblong to lanceolate, finely serrated margin, evergreen, leathery, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, dark, shiny green above, paler below.
Flower: White, 1/4 inch long, urn-shaped, in long (3 to 6 inches) hanging clusters, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Dry, small (1/4 inch), 5-parted capsules, ripens in late summer persist through the winter.
Twig: Moderate, green, leaves cluster near branch tips, look for pre-formed flower buds, new growth is reddish.
Bark: Reddish brown and very scaly and split.
Form: Dense, upright shrub to 10 feet tall, round crown.
Looks like: mountain pieris - mountain laurel
Additional Range Information: Pieris japonica is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)