Pieris Forest Flame shrub Close up of Pieris Forest Flame shrub Red foliage on Pieris Forest Flame shrub
Pieris Forest Flame shrub Close up of Pieris Forest Flame shrub Red foliage on Pieris Forest Flame shrub

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Pieris Forest Flame

Pieris japonica 'Forest Flame'


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The Leaves of Pieris Forest Flame start out brilliant red, then change to creamy pink. The colorful new foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for the profusion of pure white blooms in the spring. As the leaves mature they turn a wonderful dark green.

Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 6 to 10 feet
Mature Width: 6 to 8 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved evergreen shrub, Early to Mid-Spring flowering
Sunlight: Part Shade to Part Sun
Habit: Upright, Compact, densely branched
Flower Color: White flowers
Foliage: Fiery red new Growth in spring, turning dark green in the summer
Pruning Season: Late Summer, promotes increased branching and more flowers however rarely needs pruning.
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting. Provides nectar sources for pollinators. Great winter interest due to the flower clusters.
Growzone: 5-8 Pieris Forest Flame Hardiness Zone 5-8

How to Care for Pieris Forest Flame

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Pieris Forest Flame plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Pieris Forest Flame to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.

Additional Information

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.

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