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Japanese Pieris ‘Mountain Fire’ | Plant Profile

Japanese Pieris ‘Mountain Fire’ (Pieris japonica) are evergreen, medium sized shrubs with flat leaves rather than needles. These are slow growing shrubs that slowly spread and create a mound shape. New leaves are bright red or orange but become dark green and shiny with age. New leaves can emerge throughout summer, creating a showy pop of color. Large clusters of white flowers appear to weigh down the foliage.

‘Mountain Fire’ prefers fertile, acidic, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. The shrubs should tolerate heavy shade and deer well, but can fall victim to overly damp soils. Plant in a sheltered location as harsh winters can severely damage ‘Mountain Fire’. Prune away spent flowers to prevent self-seeding.

‘Mountain Fire’ are commonly located near structures or areas with winter wind protection. These broadleaf evergreens bring multiseason interest. In the summer, the large flowers are a unique feature. In winter, these small evergreens help to keep color on contrast in a garden.


Japanese Pieris 'Mountain Fire' Characteristics

Japanese Pieris 'Mountain Fire' are medium sized evergreen shrubs with large groupings of white flowers. The shape is naturally mound forming and the foliage can appear to droop, especially when in bloom. Spent flowers produce groups of seed capsules. The capsules should be removed immediately as this can help to prevent self-seeding.

'Mountain Fire' can be susceptible to leave spot and dieback which can threaten the health of the plant. Lace bugs, mites, and scale can be occasional insect visitors.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
9.00 - 12.00'
6.00 - 8.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?