|Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wyckoff'
(Dorothy Wyckoff Andromeda)
Botanical Name: Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wyckoff'
Dorothy Wyckoff Andromeda
Red buds open to white flowers that appear pink due to the red sepals.
Early spring - March into April
The glossy green leaves are evergreen and turn a reddish bronze during the winter.
Small dry capsules will persist into winter. These should be removed for best plant growth.
A vigorous grower that is more compact than the species. It is an upright mound that is well branched and nicely shaped.
6 to 9 feet tall with a spread of 4 to 5 feet.
Part shade to full sun. Does well as an understory plant.
Japan and Eastern China
Pieris is deer resistant in most areas.
Description: I hadnít planned on growing this variety, but our propagator, Rick Carlson, brought in some cuttings a few years ago. He must like it a lot because every year I see that there are more cuttings rooted than the year before, so it is up to me to sell them. It is more or less a regular-shaped andromeda; however, its claim to fame is its deep pink buds during the winter, set out against brilliant wine-red winter foliage. This could be very effectively mixed with some other lighter green broadleafed evergreens for winter effect. I must admit I like this variety more and more each year and now feel itís one of the best.