Again, it is suitable for growing in containers or where space is limited. The leaves on some of the branches pull together and downward and then turn brown. I have a mature shrub (I think a pieris)about seven years old in my garden in Pittsburgh. When there are whole brown leaves on a plant, this can indicate several dozen problems; but when just the sides or tips of the leaf turn brown, there is only one problem — the plant is stressed. Pieris ‘Katsura’ This striking variety features dark maroon new growth maturing to dark, glossy evergreen leaves. Since then, it has looked a bit odd. What Causes Brown Edges on Leaves of Plants? It is another smaller variety reaching an ultimate height of 1 metre (40 inches) after 20 years. Important Varieties of Pieris japonica Brouwer’s Beauty - lace bug resistant hybrid, new foliage yellow green Crystal - resistant to heat and Phytophthora Christmas Cheer - pink flowering, fast growing Mountain Fire - new growth exceptional red color, white flowers 'Forest Flame - new leaves brilliant red, turn pink then white and finally green; white flowers. As you mentioned Phytophthora Root Rot is the most distuctive disease of the Pieris causing wilting and death of the plant. Below is a photo showing what the brown leaves look like. Pieris ‘Little Heath’ Is it possible to cut off all the new completely green growth in the hopes that the variegation will take over again now that the plant is much better lit or will I kill the plant? I planted what I think is a Prelude Lily of the Valley Pieris japonica in spring. Most of the leaves have turned brown and brittle during/since the winter. All the leaves have dried and it looks very sad. Normally root rot seems to affect the entire p It gets part sun. HI Shirley-There are several pests that can harm the Pieris, but if you see no leaf damage, yellowing, spotting, or premature leaf drop I don't believe insects are the problem at this time. 'Karenoma' - a hybrid ( P. japonica x P. floribunda ), soft pink buds, white flowers. The pieris is in well protected corner of my garden facing north east and is about 20 years old. If I cut it back, when is the best time to do it? I think the problem might be that the soil is clay and it became waterlogged when we had lots of rain earlier this year. I planted a Pieris Japonica (Mountain Fire) last year, but this summer it seems to be dying and is totally dried out.
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