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Pieris floribunda (Mountain fetterbush)
Cressler, Alan

Pieris floribunda

Pieris floribunda (Pursh) Benth. & Hook. f.

Mountain Fetterbush, Mountain Andromeda

Ericaceae (Heath Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A compact, broadleaf evergreen, to 6 ft. tall, with deep-green, leathery, oval leaves and terminal clusters of pendulous, bell-shaped flowers. Flower buds form in the fall and are held erect through the winter, turning progressively more creamy-white.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May


USA: GA , NC , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Distribution: Mts. of VA, WV, NC & TN
Native Habitat: Balds & moist, wooded, mountain slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pieris floribunda in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pieris floribunda in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pieris floribunda


Record Modified: 2014-08-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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