Pieris formosa var. forrestii
The big shrub at the far end of the specimen lawn behind
the Potting Sheds.
Discovered by planthunter George Forrest in Yunnan on a trip
sponsored by Ness garden's founder Arthur K. Bulley. As a
result of Bulley's sponsership over several expeditions, Forrest
introdroduced hundreds of new plants from China from Primroses
through to Rhododendrons. They remain the most productive
plant hunting expeditions that there have ever been to China.
This plant is known to have been planted in this position in
It is very likely that all of the Pieris formosa var.
forrestii including the popular cultivar 'Wakehurst' that are grown
in Britain, today, are descendents of this plant. Many of these
will have been grown from the seed which Bulley distributed in 1924
through his seed company Bees Seeds Ltd.
Pieris consist of seven species of evergreen shrubs
(growing to 1-6 metres tall), native to mountain regions of eastern
and southern Asia, eastern North America and Cuba. They all prefer
acidic soils, sheltered from winds and semi shade. A 5cm
mulch of leaf mould or pine needles in the spring would be be
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