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FutureStarrAMountain Fire Plant
Year-round, you'll love the way this shrub looks in your woodland or shade garden. While the leaves mature to green, they start out fiery red. This creates a unique and exciting color contrast over the plant. In spring, flowers add to the wow-factor, showing up as delicate white cascading bells amid the colorful leaves. Mountain Fire is a great specimen plant, or grow a row of it as a foundation planting to up the curb appeal of your yard. Mountain Fire is evergreen so you'll have a consistent backdrop and some easy, delightful structure for your landscape. Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'
An amazingly ornamental evergreen, Mountain Fire will add some gorgeous color to your landscape year-round! From the start of the year, the foliage has flaming red, early spring hues, and in summer as it ages it turns burgundy then to a deep green for the main portion growing season. In winter it is thoroughly evergreen and stays that way until spring's red leaves arrive.Pieris japonica x floribunda “Mountain Fire” is the formal name for a plant with one parent, P. japonica, that goes by many nicknames: lily of the valley shrub, pieris and Japanese Andromeda. Andromeda is, in fact, the former name of the genus to which the plant belongs. Stick the word “mountain” in front of those nicknames and you’ll know the common names for “Mountain Fire’s” other parent, P. floribunda. “Mountain Fire” is one of the more popular of the Andromeda cultivars and thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9.
“Mountain Fire” takes its name not only from one of its parents, but also from the fact that its red colors in late winter and early spring make it look as if it is on fire. Under certain conditions this coloring may also appear in the middle of the summer. Then, there are “Mountain Fire’s” clusters of fragrant white to light pink flowers that appear to not so much hang, but drip from the shrub. The shrub reaches 4 feet tall with an equal spread.Calcifuges are a diverse group of plants, of which “Mountain Fire” is a member. United by their distaste for lime in the soil, other famous members of the group include the rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.), blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) and dogwood (Cornus florida). You may also hear these plants referred to as ericaceous. It’s important to understand the needs of the calcifuge to be successful growing it. The soil’s pH affects the solubility – or breakdown -- of certain nutrients and minerals. When the soil is alkaline, or has a high pH, iron in particular becomes less soluble. A “Mountain Fire” shrub grown in such soil will suffer from chlorosis, an iron deficiency and may die. The roots of young shrubs may fail to develop. Take a pH reading at least once a year to ensure that the "Mountain Fire" remains healthy. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)