Pieris floribunda 'Forest Flame'

Description: 'Forest Flame' is one of the most colourful varieties of Pieres, with beautiful brilliant red, new growth which turns pink and then cream At the same time, sprays of lily of the valley flowers adorn the plant making it a superb site. The foliage matures to green for the summer.

Uses: An excellent addition to any garden with slightly acidic soil. Perfect for a partly shaded shrub border or woodland garden.

Climate / Position: Best in light/partial shade, sheltered from cold winds and early morning sun.

Height / Spread: Height 4 metre x spread 2 metres

Soil Requirements: Plant in humus rich, well drained, acidic / ericaceous soil. Mulch in winter with leaf mould or any good mulching material.

Pruning: No pruning required.

Special Requirements: Pieris are shallow rooted and do not like being planted too deeply. Plant in a sheltered spot sheltered from cold winds and early morning sun as they flower better in dappled shade.

Additional Interest: This is a genus of Ericaceous flowering plants from Asia and North America, classified in 1834 by David Don, 1799-1841. He named the genus after the Pierides or nine muses of mythology.

This variety originated as a chance seedling in Sunningdale Nurseries UK in about 1946 as a cross between P. formosa 'Wakehurst' × P. japonica