Brouwer’s Beauty Andromeda
Pieris 'Brouwer's Beauty'
Description: This hybrid shrub (P. japonica x P. floribunda) offers New England gardeners something special through all seasons.
All year long, plants are clothed in a delightful coat of dark green foliage which holds its color well even in the coldest months of winter. In spring, that foliage forms a perfect foil for pendulous waves of pure white urn-shaped flowers. In good blooming years, the foliage is almost entirely obscured by the flower masses. Flowers have a distinct saddle-soap aroma that is curiously pleasant.
Alternate, simple, evergreen, obovate-oblong leaves are up to three and a half inches long and three-quarters of an inch wide. New growth is yellowish-green in color, maturing to lustrous dark green. Distinctive purple-red color buds contrasts with green foliage for unique winter interest. Left unpruned, ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’ will grow five to six feet in height and six feet in spread. In early April the plant bears white, urn-shaped, one-quarter of an inch. Winter may be this plant’s most charming season, with red buds that are a visual delight.
- Type/habit: Shrub
- Key season and features of interest: Glossy dark green foliage; showy, white flowers
- Flowering period: Late winter to early spring
- Evergreen or deciduous: Evergreen
- Native? No
- Pollinator plant: Attracts bees
- Wildlife benefits: Nectar is food source for bees
- Site/Condition tolerance: Acidic soil
- Sun/Shade preference: Sun to partial shade with some wind protection
- Soil ccondition preference: Fertile, moist, acidic, well-drained soil
- Low maintenance; deer resistant; some lacebug resistance
Growth Habit: Slow- growing, dense, compact, upright form
Size (mature height and spread): 5-6’ tall by 6’ wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 5-7
Nativity: Hybrid origin
Suggested Uses: Border, foundation, hedge, screen, specimen
Year of award: 2000