Pieris Mountain Fire, also know as the Japanese Andromeda Mountain Fire, is a partial-shade garden show-stopper! Pieris Mountain Fire offers many unique 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 red leaves arrive in spring.
The spring foliage mixed with the leaves of pure green from the previous year, so it looks almost like red flowers blooming on the bush. It doesn’t take long 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.
6 to 10 feet
6 to 8 feet
Broad Leaved evergreen shrub, Early to Mid-Spring flowering
Part Shade to Part Sun
Upright, Compact, densely branched
Fiery red new Growth in spring, turning dark green in the summer
Late Summer, promotes increased branching and more flowers however rarely needs pruning.
Any well drained soil
Water well until established.
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.
How to Care for Pieris Mountain Fire
Before you purchase your Pieris Mountain Fire shrub, be sure to read the recommended care instructions to ensure your plant remains happy and healthy for years to come.
Frequently Asked questions
What is the History Behind Pieris Mountain Fire Shrubs?
This shrub 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 cold hardiest of all species.
Does Pieris Mountain Fire Suffer from Disease?
Some diseases to watch out for are dieback and leaf spot, but only occasionally. Lace bug infections can be a serious problem, especially in the eastern United States. Also, watch out for scale, nematodes, and mites. You must keep an eye on your shrubs occasionally because you will be able to notice if something begins to look wrong with your plant. As soon as you notice an issue, examine it and determine the problem as quickly as possible. Doing so will allow you to treat your plant accordingly and make sure it goes back to being healthy and happy.
Where Should I Plant my Pieris Mountain Fire Shrub?
This cultivar is ideal for foundation planting as well as foreground placements in a shrub border. You can also plant in a garden with plenty of open woodlands. If you have any broadleaf evergreens, this shrub compliments very well to these plants. Because of their size, you can plant Pieris Mountain Fire shrubs as mass plantings or as small specimens. This shrub is great for a wide variety of garden sizes and styles.