Pieris japonica
lily-of-the-valley shrub

Ericaceae
Japan

Shrub, upright, 9–10 feet tall. New leaves are pink to red; mature leaves are glossy green, 3 inches long, leathery, narrowly oval, arranged in whorls. Drooping clusters of white, pink, or red small urn-shaped flowers mid-winter to mid-spring.

Group planting at entrance of Ventura Hall, and single plant near wall facing Cordura Hall. Another planting on the Lomita Mall side of Durand, near stairway.

Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No.11, page 11.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.