Pieris Mountain Fire (Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’)

Pieris Mountain Fire

  • Gorgeous Fiery Spring Growth
  • Glossy Green Foliage
  • Great in Partial Shade
  • Evergreen
  • Fragrant White Flowers
  • Great Size for Privacy
  • Pollinator Friendly
  • Xeriscaping
  • Fire-Wise Landscaping
  • Drought-Tolerant Once Established

Pieris Mountain Fire (Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’), also know as Japanese Andromeda Mountain Fire, is a partial-shade garden show-stopper! Pieris Mountain Fire offers so many interesting features, you’ll wonder why you waited this long to plant a few!

An amazingly ornamental evergreen, Mountain Fire will add some gorgeous color to your landscape year-round! From the start of the year, the foliage has flaming red, early spring hues, and in summer as it ages it turns burgundy then to a deep green for the main portion growing season. In winter it is thoroughly evergreen and stays that way until spring’s red leaves arrive.

The spring foliage is always mixed with the previous year’s leaves of pure green, so it looks almost like red flowers blooming on the bush. It doesn’t take long, though, for the red leaves to give way to fragrant clusters of pinkish-white flowers that form in unusual hanging chains and dangle from the plant.

Looking similar to Lily of the Valley, these blooms on Pieris Mountain Fire will cause a lot of garden chatter! Pollinators will adore your Mountain Fire as much as you will!

How to Use Pieris Mountain Fire In The Landscape

Broadleaf evergreen shrubs are perfect additions throughout the landscape to provide greenery spring, summer, fall and winter! Looking fabulous in Asian-inspired gardens and both informal and formal plantings, cottage and rustic gardens alike!

This slightly arched shrub can easily be shaped into a lovely low privacy hedge, or it fits nicely into tight spots as a foundation plant. If left to its own devices, this creates a sizeable privacy hedge and screen with year-round protection. Its slower-growing nature makes them ultra-low maintenance and requires little pruning.

Try Mountain Fire in your mixed border and with spikier evergreens like Holly or Juniper for a great year-round show. The evergreen foliage of this shrub will make it a permanent fixture to your shrub border or to accent your other shrubs, becoming a verdant backdrop for perennials and smaller shrubs.

The fiery red new growth and dark green, glossy foliage make Mountain Fire a unique and stand-out focal point.

Tips For Care

For best results, Japanese Pieris thrives in moderately fertile, organically rich, humusy, and slightly acidic soil. These do best in well-drained soil and do not like to sit in standing water at all.

Once established however Pieris is highly drought tolerant and great plantings for Xeriscaping and fire-wise plantings.

Doing best in partial shade, Pieris in dappled sun and cold winters benefit greatly with mulch around the base of the root system. You might need to give it a little TLC and protect it in winter until it is established.

Mountain Fire Japanese Pieris will become your garden’s stand-out specimen plant with year-round appeal.

Pieris Mountain Fire (Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’) Details

Common name Pieris Mountain Fire
Botanical name Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 6 - 8 ft.
Width 6 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White