Pieris x 'Brouwer's Beauty'
Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub
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Family: Rhododendron family (Ericaceae)
Native Habitat: of garden origin

The genus Pieris is comprised of seven different species of shrubs native to mountainous areas in Asia, southeastern North America and Cuba. The numerous varieties of Pieris japonica (Japanese Andromeda) are quite popular ornamental shrubs. Unfortunately, for those of us living north of Zone 6, they are generally not hardy at temperatures colder than -10F. Amazingly, it is often listed as hardy to Zone 5 and sometimes even to Zone 4. Although they are sometimes offered for sale in garden centers located in Zone 5, the many varieties of Pieris japonica rarely survive in Zone 5 more than a season or two after planting. Varieties of two other Pieris species, P. formosa (Chinese Andromeda) and P. floribunda (Mountain Andromeda), are only occasionally seen planted in the U.S.

Pieris formosa is even less cold hardy than P. japonica. The one Pieris species with excellent cold hardiness is P. floribunda, native to moist but well-drained mountain slopes in the Allegheny Mountains from Virginia to Georgia. This is a beautiful shrub but unfortunately it is quite difficult to grow in a garden setting due to its requirement for nearly perfect drainage.

'Brouwer's Beauty' is a wonderful hybrid Pieris that is fully hardy in Zone 5 and quite easy to grow. From its P. japonica parent it inherited ease of culture and form P. floribunda it inherited excellent cold hardiness. It's like the kid that got all its parents good qualities without inheriting any of the bad. Now that's the kind of kid to be proud of and 'Brouwer's Beauty' is just that: a real beauty you'll be proud to grow in your own garden.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Sets attractive reddish buds in late summer on the ends of horizontal, arching branches. The panicles of buds open in the early spring to beautiful, pure-white, bell-shaped flowers. Incredibly effective for 2 to 3 weeks.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Upright, evergreen, broadleaf shrub. Slow growth rate. Can grow up to 5 or 6 ft. tall and 4 or 5 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings, specimen plant. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8
Best grown in full sun to medium shade. Prefers a peaty, acid, moist but well-drained soil. Will tolerate higher pH soils than most other Ericaceous shrubs.