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Pieris japonica 'Katsura'PBR
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pieris 'Katsura'

'Katsura' is a compact evergreen shrub with shiny, dark green leaves, deep red when young, and sprays of pink and white, waxy, urn-shaped flowers opening from dark pink buds in early spring

Synonyms
Pieris 'Katsura'
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink White Red Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Pink Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Toxic by ingestion. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

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

Name status

Not established

How to grow

Cultivation

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

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 and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get pieris lacebug

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot (see leaf damage on woody plants) and phytophthora root diseases

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