Japanese Andromeda

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ericales Ericaceae Pieris Pieris japonica
  • Plant Type: Evergreen shrub to tree.
  • Common Names: Japanese Andromeda, Fetterbush, Japenese Pieris, Lily-of-the-Valley bush, Pieris.
  • Color: White, pink
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.24 inches in length in 3.15- 5.9 inches drooping panicles.
  • Flowering Season: Late winter, early spring.
  • Places in Japan with Japanese Andromeda: gardens, thickets.

Japanese Andromeda

Japanese Andromeda is a plant native to Japan that can grow up to 1.5 to 4 m. It is a slow-growing shrub or tree under Ericaceae.

Japanese Andromeda Pink Flowers

  • The foliage is orange-bronze during emergence and becomes glossy dark green at maturity. The leaves are evergreen, serrulate, oblanceolate to obovate-oblong.
  • The flowers are showy, and flower buds are bead-like in white. Some cultivars include a pink and deep Rose. The flowers are in drooping clusters that generally last 2-3 weeks.
  • The plant is highly toxic and may cause death if ingested.

Japanese Andromeda White Flowers

Interesting Facts about Japanese Andromeda

Pieris Japonica

  • There is a saying that when a horse eats Japanese Andromeda, it will be drowsy (poisoned) as if they are drunk.
  • Pieris japonica means Fairies’ fire and Love at first sight[1].
  • Pieris japonica is derived from the name “Pieria[2]“. In Greek mythology, Pieria is the home of the Muses.
  • The leaves of the Pieris grow right down to the ground. Therefore, there is no development of the bare base aven at maturity.
  • In the Far East, anyone with a Japanese Andromeda bush in the garden is believed to get through the winter happily because the colored leaves of the plant signify “eternal flame. “.
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Key References
  • [1]“A Dictionary of Flowers and Gems: Say What You Mean ~ Even Say It Mean ~ The … – Skye Kingsbury – Google Mga aklat”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Pieris | The Joy of Plants”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.


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