Pieris phyllyreifolia

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Climbing Heather, Climbing Pieris, Fetterbush


Plant Specifics

Size: ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:This grows as a viney shrubl. Can be grown as a shrub if pruned but could also be trained against an arbor or post.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Said to attract early spring pollinators (Using Georgia Native Plants Blog).

Native Habitats:Upland mixed forests, sandhill, cypress swamps, moist pinelands, white cedar swamps, sandhills near sinkhole ponds, often climbing on pond cypress or slash pin or white cedar.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Based on BONAP maps, the ISB maps and specimens, and one author's personal observations, the range of this species appears to be those parts of the coastal plain and adjacent areas of sandhill where there are seepage wetlands.  The range extend from Mississippi to South Carolina.  It may be excluded from the southern half of the Florida peninsula temperatures unsuitable for its reproduction.