Pieris 'Forest Flame'

lily-of-the-valley shrub

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2 litre pot £19.99
available to order from late summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Pieris 'Forest Flame' lily-of-the-valley shrub: Evergreen shrub for acid soil with red young foliage

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)

    Glossy, brilliant red young leaves gradually turn pink, creamy white, then dark green. In late spring, clusters of pretty, ivory, nodding bell-like flowers appear, resembling lily-of-the-valley. The fiery red young foliage of this upright evergreen shrub will add a splash of vivid colour to a shady shrub border or woodland edge. One of the best varieties, this pieris needs a moist, well-drained acid soil and shade from morning sun.

  • Garden care: Add composted pine needles or ericaceous compost when planting and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch each year around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove the faded flower-heads in late spring along with any frost-damaged foliage.

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Very pretty but fussy plant


I have tried using this Pieris a couple of times. It is very pretty, but the soil has to be right and you have to use the right fertiliser otherwise you lose it. So a bit of trial and error needed. Fingers crossed, I got it right this time!


South London


Full of Promise


Lovely plant, well packaged just smaller than expected. But very healthy so will soon bulk up.


East Anglia


Pieris Forest Flame

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Do bees like Pieris Forest Flame? I note that neither your site, nor the RHS mark it as so (no 'perfect for pollinators' badge, yet other pieris are marked as good for pollinators. I also saw that the Gardener's World site does mark Forest Flame as good for bees, although not other polinators?

Just learning

Hello, No, this is not as attractive to bees as the Pieris formosa or P. japonica types.


Hi, I see the plant is delivered in a 2 litre pot but can you say what size the actual plant is?


Hello, Each batch we get in will be slightly different, but as a very general guide, I would say they are between 20 - 30cm in height.


Can I replant from a tub to main garden without losing plant


Hello, provided you make sure it is done carefully without causing too much root damage, then it should not be a problem at all.


Hi, my forest flame is planted in the shade but the only really healthy bit is right at the bottom, it used to be planted in full Sun and seemed to look really healthy then. Should I be pruning it sometime, it just looks really bare and unhealthy.


Hello there Yes I would cut it back. Normally these plants don't need much pruning, but if you need to do some drastic pruning then they can be cut back hard in mid spring just as the new growth starts to come through. Hope this helps

Pieris struggling and 'Lily of the Valley' dying back-why? Good Afternoon, I recently bought some 'Lily of the Valley' (Convallaria majalis) from Crocus and 3 x hardy annuals and 1 x evergreen bush which were a gift for a friend. They were planted 1 day after deleivery but now the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and the plants have started drooping. Any advice on what could be causing this would be very helpful - I wouldn't have been so worried if it was just the small annual, - but the evergreen shouldn't be doing this. Thank you for any help with this matter,

Teresa Farr

Hello There, The Convallarias will be dying back naturally at this time of the year, so I would not be concerned about them. As for the Pieris, these like acidic conditions, so I suspect that it may not be planted in the right soil. The best thing to do would be to pot it up immediately into a really large pot fill with ericaceous compost if your friends soil is not acidic. I hope this helps Helen Plant Doctor

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