Photinia

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Photinia - Photinia x fraseri  ‘Red Robin’

Common Name: Photinia
Genus: Photinia
Species: x fraseri
Cultivar: ‘Red Robin’

The Greek translation of the word Photinia refers to the glossy leaves of plants in this Genus.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Makes a good hedge

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: March & April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This evergreen versatile shrub has thick, dark green leaves which are bright scarlet when young. Regular trimming of this shrub encourages a continuous supply of these striking young shoots. Small white flowers are produced in spring. This shrub can also be used as a hedging plant.

It is best suited to a site that can offer some protection from cold, drying winds which can burn the young shoots.

It can cope with hard pruning so it can be trimmed to form an informal hedge or clipped into strong shapes. In frost-prone areas train as a wall shrub against a south or west-facing wall.

Garden care: To encourage a profusion of bright young leaves in late-spring or summer shorten the stems of established specimens by up to 15cm (6in) to just above an outward-facing bud. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.