Pieris Mountain Fire (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'
Pieris Mountain Fire, also know as Japanese Andromeda Mountain Fire, is a partial-shade garden show-stopper!
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Pieris Mountain Fire, also know as Japanese Andromeda Mountain Fire, is a partial-shade garden show-stopper! Pieris Mountain Fire offers many interesting features: from late winter into spring the foliage has flaming red tones, and in summer as it ages it turns burgundy. In winter it is thoroughly evergreen and stays that way until spring's red leaves arrive.The spring foliage is always mixed with the previous year's leaves of pure green, so it looks almost like red flowers blooming on the bush. It doesn’t take long, though, for the red leaves to give way to fragrant clusters of pinkish-white flowers that form in unusual hanging chains and dangle from the plant.
History and Introduction of Pieris:
This is a genus of Ericaceous flowering plants from Asia and North America, classified in 1834 by David Don, 1799-1841. He named the genus after the Pierides or nine muses of mythology The parent species is P. japonica, introduced in 1784 as Andromeda japonica. The plant was first collected and described by noted physician Carl Thunberg while working for the Dutch East India Company in Japan. Plants are native to eastern China and Taiwan as well. It was introduced under P. japonica to the west in England by 1870 as the most cold hardy of all species. This and many of the P. japonica varieties likely include P. formosa for color and P. floribunda in their family tree.