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Discussion: Shrub

in: PG; PG > 2019-12-28

Dec 29, 2019 12:31 PM # 
A Google search brings up Pieris Japonica as a possibility.
Dec 29, 2019 2:31 PM # 
Or Chamaedaphne calyculata? I was hoping Clint would pipe in.
Dec 29, 2019 2:34 PM # 
Yeah, Clint is the man we need here.
Dec 29, 2019 2:40 PM # 
Most likely Pieris floribunda. It is found rather widely in the southern Appalachians and has inflorescences that are held erect, rather than pendulous like Pieris japonica, commonly known as Japanese Andromeda.
Dec 29, 2019 2:42 PM # 
ps - same family, Ericaceae, as Mountain Laurel
Dec 29, 2019 2:46 PM # 
Chamaedaphne is found more in northern areas typically in boggy conditions. Virginia would be about as far south as one might expect to find it and then probably at higher elevations only. Plus the foliage is different, stiffer, more akin to wintergreen etc..
Dec 29, 2019 3:15 PM # 
Thanks, Clint! Gail thought it was some sort of andromeda. Her sister-in-law is a master gardener but not familiar with this guy.

And AttackPoint once again amazes. :-)
Dec 29, 2019 3:22 PM # 
I think this one is commonly called Mountain Andromeda. At least in some parts. You can buy horticultural clones of this in better nurseries and garden centers, but it is far more common just to find the pendulous Japanese one.
Dec 30, 2019 2:46 PM # 
I love Clint! (Platonically, of course! )

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