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Pieris 'Firecrest' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

The leaves and nectar can cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Summer and Winter
Red in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

pieris 'Firecrest'

Family

Ericaceae


Pieris are compact evergreen shrubs with leathery, dark green leaves, often brightly coloured when young, and small white urn-shaped flowers borne in panicles in spring

'Firecrest' is a large bushy evergreen shrub with broad leaves, bright red when young, later dark green. Flowers creamy-white, relatively large, in branched sprays in late winter and spring

Synonym(s)

  • Pieris japonica 'Firecrest'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in acidic, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil but may need some protection in winter when young

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer. Some bottom heat may be required

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Phytophthora root diseases and a leaf spot may be a problem