Pieris japonica is in the blueberry family Ericaceae. Commonly known as japanese andromeda, it is native to eastern Asia including Japan and Taiwan. Japanese andromeda is an evergreen medium sized shrub. The new leaves emerge a shade of red, developing chlorophyll and turning green as they mature. The small white flowers of japanese andromeda are arranged in racemes along one side of the inflorescence. Outside of its native range, it is planted ornamentally and grows very well in northern climates.