Pieris formosa var. forrestii
Common name: 
Chinese Pieris
Himalaya Pieris
pi-ER-is for-MO-sa fo-REST-ee-eye
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub 10-12 ft (3-4 m), slow growing, rounded, sprawly.  Leaves 8-18 cm long and sharply serrated at the base. Colorful in spring, with copper, reddish young leaves and large clusters of white, urn-shaped flowers in late spring (April).
  • Sun to part shade.  Requires moist, acid soils, benefits from organic mulch.   Protect from winds.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8  Much less cold hardy than P. japonica.   Plants in Corvallis damaged by temperatures near 11 °F.    Native to Yunnan, southwest China.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side Weniger Hall, near southeast entrance.
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  • plant habit, winter

    plant habit, winter

  • leaves and flower buds

    leaves and flower buds

  • plant habit, flowering, spring

    plant habit, flowering, spring

  • new growth and flowers

    new growth and flowers

  • flower clusters

    flower clusters