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Pieris japonica is a compact, rounded evergreen shrub. The glossy leaves are about 2-4" long. It produces young red leaves that eventually turn green. It also produces trusses of creamy white flowers that are formed in semi-erect panicles. The flowers form in clusters at the end of the shoots and bloom from late winter to early spring. They are mainly native to East China, Taiwan, and Japan. Zones 6-8. They are well adapted to our local conditions, on campus they grow by the Tripp Athletic Center and the Trailer Park.
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