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Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst' (Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst'

Other names

Chinese pieris 'Wakehurst', Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst', Himalaya pieris 'Wakehurst'

Genus

Pieris Pieris

Variety or Cultivar

'Wakehurst' _ 'Wakehurst' is an upright, often suckering, evergreen shrub with oblong, finely toothed, glossy, dark green leaves, bright red when young, and pendent panicles of urn-shaped, creamy-white flowers in mid- to late spring.


Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst' is: Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Upright

Toxicity

Leaves and flower nectar may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Bright-red in Spring; Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Leaf spot , Phytophthora root diseases Leaf spot , Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst' (Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, acid soil in full sun or partial shade. May need protection in winter until established.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst'

Other names

Chinese pieris 'Wakehurst', Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst', Himalaya pieris 'Wakehurst'

Genus

Pieris Pieris

Variety or Cultivar

'Wakehurst' _ 'Wakehurst' is an upright, often suckering, evergreen shrub with oblong, finely toothed, glossy, dark green leaves, bright red when young, and pendent panicles of urn-shaped, creamy-white flowers in mid- to late spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Upright

Toxicity

Leaves and flower nectar may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Bright-red in Spring; Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst' (Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, acid soil in full sun or partial shade. May need protection in winter until established.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pieris formosa var. forrestii 'Wakehurst' (Forrest's Taiwan pieris 'Wakehurst')

Common pest name

Andromeda lace bug; Pieris lace bug

Scientific pest name

Stephanitis takeyai

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Eradication was attempted 1996-2006; but pest now considered established.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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