Dwarf Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica var. yakushimensis 'Prelude')

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Blooms on old wood
Other: Flower buds form in late summer
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

photo credit: David J. Stang

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 21, 2019 5:07 PM

Prelude is a dwarf cultivar selected out of Holland with smaller leaves. It tends to bloom about 2 to 3 weeks later than the regular Japanese Pieris. The nursery I worked at in southeast Pennsylvania sold off a fair number of this more commonly offered cultivar.

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