Also known as Lily of the Valley Bush, the Japanese Andromeda is a rounded and compact evergreen shrub with something to offer the gardener in every season. In late winter or early spring it produces sweetly scented white or pink flowers in showy pendulous clusters. The flowers are bell-shaped (like blueberry or lily-of-the-valley flowers), about a quarter inch long, and produced in 6" hanging or semi-erect panicles clustered at the branch tips. The fruits are little dry capsules hanging like a string of beads. Bead like pink flower buds are set in late summer for the following year provide winter interest and contrast to the evergreen foliage. Japanese pieris gets 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide, with short branches and a dense mass of foliage. The leaves are evergreen elliptical, 2 to 3 inches long with toothed margins. They start out coppery red and mature to bright glossy green. Pieris is derived from Pierides, an alternative name of the mythological Muses, the goddesses of the arts.