Photinia

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Photinia

Photinia spp.
Chinese Hawthorn, Chinese Photinia, Taiwanese Photinia, Fraser’s Photinia, Fraser Photinia, Red-Tip Photinia, Red-Tipped Photinia, Christmas Berry
15

25 feet
10

30 feet
Southeast Asia: India, East Asia, Philippines, Indonesia
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Not recommended. A very large evergreen shrub; red-tipped photinia is the one with new leaves in crimson shades. Unfortunately, those fresh leaves are inevitably infected by Entomosporium fungus, which can ruin entire hedgerows. (For native replacements, see “This Plant Goes Well With”.)

With proper spacing, photinia grows to the size of a street tree and can be seen used thus in downtown San Antonio. Chinese photinia (the one with wavy, toothed leaves) is the superior species, but it tends to escape cultivation.

Maintenance

There is no cure for Entomosporium fungus, although prompt removal may slow down the spread. Best practice: start out with proper spacing, and water only by drip. Alternately, overgrown hedges can be drastically cut and scaled back to improve air flow, especially near ground level where humidity is highest.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
15-25' H, 10-30' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Cream
Bloom Time:
March
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
Yes
Caution:
Leaves are toxic to humans but also to livestock, especially horses.
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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