Dorothy Wycoff Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wycoff’)

Dorothy Wycoff Pieris

  • Wonderful Form
  • Dark Red Buds Open to Bell-Shaped Flower Clusters in Early Spring
  • Long-Lasting, Pale-Pink Flowers are Fragrant
  • Showy Blooms Held on Long, Hanging Racemes
  • Early Nectar Source for Beneficial Pollinators
  • Elegant Broad-Leaved Evergreen
  • Lustrous Dark-Green Foliage
  • Color, Structure and Texture All Year-Long
  • Red New Growth
  • Excellent Landscape Performance
  • Plant in Sun or Partial Shade
  • Easy Care
  • High Performer
  • Deer Don’t Prefer the Taste

It seems that the most popular shrubs collect nicknames for themselves. Whether you call these special shrubs Pieris, Fetterbush or Andromeda, they deliver an outstanding garden performance.

We’re so pleased to offer one of the best varieties on the market. The ornamental Dorothy Wycoff Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wycoff’) easily grows into a true garden standout.

It’s stunning, from the new red growth on slender lanceolate-ovate leaves, to the intricate flowers that last and last in early spring. The bell-shaped flowers are compared to Lily of the Valley, and add a delightful fragrance wherever they are placed.

Use this beloved shrub in full sun, or partial shade. It decorates plantings under mature trees with effortless grace and charm.

The mounding evergreen foliage looks crisp and clean all year-long. And the upright growth habit fits nicely, even in small space gardens.

Rely on these durable shrubs. They’ve proven themselves since the 1950’s,when they were first developed in New Jersey, named for the wife of the plantsman who discovered this beauty.

Dorothy Wycoff starts the season with deep red flower buds. They’ll open into pale pink blossoms, that hang in long clusters on the outside of the foliage.

Plant one as a specimen, or use several as a hedge. You’ll never regret this choice!

You can even enjoy their sensational good looks in large outdoor containers. Place them in a border, or use them on your balcony.

Anywhere you place this lovely shrub, it will become a living sculpture for you. These also make perfect plant gifts for your discerning friends.

How to Use Dorothy Wycoff Pieris in the Landscape

Use it to bring definition, year-long color and fine-texture to your space. These lovely broad-leaved evergreen plants work hard every day of the year.

Of course, they simply shine in spring. Plan a focal point around them. they truly deserve the attention.

Place a few of them around a garden statue or fountain to amplify its impact. Use a single plant outside your window to study from indoors.

If you have woods on your property, plant a meandering informal drift of Dorothy Wycoff Pieris. The spring blooms become an effective “ribbon” of color to welcome the new season.

Add these beautiful evergreens to your foundation planting. Use at the corner of your home as an anchor; or decorate a bare wall between your windows.

Container plants look incredible on a patio, or flanking either side of your front door. Place one or more as a gracious privacy screen behind seating arrangements.

To gain a solid hedge quickly, plant them 18 inches apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Vary the spacing to three feet apart for a more informal look.

Dorothy Wycoff is one of the best shrubs available on the market. Enjoy these brilliant gems.

Tips for Care

Grow Dorothy Wycoff Pieris in full sun or partial shade. They need at least four hours of sunlight a day.

Rich, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils are best. They love a three-inch layer of pine straw mulch over their root systems. Add compost top-dressing to further enrich the soil.

Apply a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Container plants need careful watering, as well.

These shrubs bloom on last year’s wood. Wait to prune until the flowering is done. Or…cut the branches in bloom and bring indoors for flower arrangements.

If you live in an area with deer, we recommend repellent spray starting on planting day. You can also apply a slow-release evergreen fertilizer formula, according to the directions on the label.

Dorothy Wycoff Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wycoff’) Details

Common name Dorothy Wycoff Pieris
Botanical name Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wycoff'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink