The Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris, otherwise known as the Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ or Japanese Andromeda ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’, Hybrid Andromeda ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’, Lily of the Valley Shrub, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, taking care of your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris Care Guide. Now let’s get started.
The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris are the following:
- Water: The Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
- Light: Keep your Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ in an environment where it can receive partial sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand and loam.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris belongs to the Ericaceae family, and the genus Pieris, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ (PY-er-iss).
The Ericaceae family also includes other plants like Weeping White Spruce, Cancerwort ‘Waterperry Blue’, Vaccinium Angustifolium and Bottle Pop™ Neon Pink Bottlebrush.
As with other Pieris’s, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
The Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is a plant native to the Hybrid of a USA and Japan plants.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 6 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ can grow up to 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm) in 5′ – 7′ (150cm – 210cm) and 5′ – 8′ (150cm – 240cm) in 5′ – 8′ (150cm – 240cm).
These dimensions make the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 60″ – 96″ (150cm – 240cm) free so the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
As mentioned earlier, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand and loam.
This is why most experts agree that the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris requires soil with loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably acid soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris requires partial sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris will be present year round in your garden.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid), and during the winter.
You can expect your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its long bloom season and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris produces some beautiful white, or purple/lavender, gold/yellow and white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris is well known for its tolerance to animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ will be fine.
How should you then organize your garden to include your new Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.
Most Pieris X ‘Brouwer’S Beauty’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most asian/zen gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, coastal garden, and in prairie and meadow styles.
In particular, the Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris’s best location within your garden is in banks and slopes, and in beds and borders, others use it for landscaping in a urban garden, hedge, mass planting, or a woodland garden.
Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Mahonia, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Rhododendron will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Brouwer’s Beauty Pieris, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.