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An evergreen shrub of the heather family, typically having pink or red young leaves and loose clusters of waxy white bell-shaped flowers. It is native to North America and Asia.
- ‘The easiest plants to move are those with thin, compact and fibrous root systems such as rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, hydrangeas and boxwoods.’
- ‘The shrubs include camellias, hellebores, pieris and hydrangeas, which make a splendid sight when in bloom.’
- ‘The same cultural practices may also be applied to blueberries, pieris, heather, holly and other plants that prefer acid, organic soils.’
- ‘Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias, pieris, skimmia, citrus and many others must have acid soil.’
- ‘Some shrubs like rhododendrons, magnolias, pieris, enkianthus, and most evergreens are best not pruned at all.’
Modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘Muse’, from Pieria, the name of a district in northern Thessaly, said to be the home of the Muses.
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