Pieris japonica (Japan)
Habit: Loose and broadly upright normal shrub, 1.5-3 (4) m tall and wide; with elegantly overhanging twig tips, slow-growing.
Flowers: White, nodding panicles some 15 cm long, (March) April to May; individual flowers like bells.
Fruits: Brown, inconspicuous.
Leaves: Evergreen, lanceolate to reverse ovoid, 8 cm long, shoots early, bronze-green, then shiny dark green, leathery, in whorled clusters at the ends of shoots.
Roots: Flat, sensitive to soil compaction.
Demands: Light shade to shade; cool and humid, usually frost hardy, of limited use in urban areas; needs wind protection.
Soil: Fresh to moist, acidic to neutral; humic, somewhat well-drained substrates.
Note: Sensitive to generous portions of fertiliser.
Hardiness: Zone 6b