Pieris japonica, Japanese Pieris

Size: shrub, 8-12' average height at maturity, 6-8' spread

Buds: flower buds in terminal clusters

Leaves: evergreeen, alternate (but may appear whorled), 1.25-3.5" long, .33-.75" wide, simple, narrow obovatish, margins crenate-serrate bronzy when emerging, later shiny dark green

Twigs: green to yellow-green

Flowers: monoecious, .25", urn-shaped, in pendulous clusters up to 6" long, bloom in spring

Fruit: 5-valved capsule, .25", persists into winter

Bark: gray to gray-brown, vertically fissured