Photinia spp.

Chinese Hawthorn, Chinese Photinia, Taiwanese Photinia, Fraser's Photinia, Fraser Photinia, Red-Tip Photinia, Red-Tipped Photinia, Christmas Berry

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 “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.

Origins: Southeast Asia: India, East Asia, Philippines, Indonesia


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.

A widely used evergreen hedge, despite problems with Entomosporium disease.

Min. Height: 15'

Max Height: 25 feet'

Min. Width: 10'

Max Width: 30 feet'

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