Pieris japonica 'VIKING'

Pieris japonica
Pieris japonica  'VIKING'
lily-of-the-valley shrub
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME March - April
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Viking. A word that makes you think of a wild marine thief from Scandinavia. Common stereotype suggests that a Viking will be huge, muscled, and topped with a horned helmet. This is exactly the type of image that makes it difficult or virtually impossible to connect the name with this teeny weeny lily-of-the-valley shrub which is anything but hulky. And in addition to that it will not steel anything from you, not even space because it is a dwarf plant that will squeeze in the smallest garden beds. It grows very, very slowly, its growth rate can be compared to a sloth officer at the Zootopia DMV (DVLA for British sloths).

Viking is a Dutch contribution to the rather small family of dwarf lily-of-the-valley shrubs. It was bred by Jan-Willem Wezelenburg and exhibits a super compact, mounded plant covered with handsome foliage. The leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, leathery, and slightly glossy. They emerge bright copper orange and mature to medium to dark green. New leaves come out twice during the growing season, exceptionally for the third time in early autumn if the summer was long and hot.

In late summer appear short, rather congested racemes bearing small, pale red flower buds which overwinter, and open into small, urn-shaped, fragrant, white flowers in early spring. They are best deadheaded after flowering to prevent production of seeds that may exhaust the plant and make it look untidy. Viking is a real gem in small gardens and looks great combined with other dwarf plants or rockery perennials.

Ericaceous plants require soil that is light, on the acid side, and constantly moist (not wet). If your garden soil is too heavy do not dig a deep hole but make a shallow and wide bed topped up with a good mixture of peat, fine bark chips, and leaf (forest) litter. Keep the soil moist by mulching. Slow-release fertilizers are advised. The plant is expected to be hardy down to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b), and is suitable for outdoor pots.

Last update 24-09-2018
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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