Planting position: Plant in full sun through to light, partial shade. Away from exposed windy sites and extreme frost.
Soil: Suited to a wide range of soils, even clay if it is improved with rotted manure or compost.
Suitable for container planting: Yes, will grow quite happily in a pot.
Eventual height and spread: Can and often does reach, without pruning, a height of 3 metres and a 2-3 metre spread.
Pruning: Photinias require minimal pruning but pruning throughout the year will encourage the regrowth of this spectacular foliage. If it is grown as a hedge then remove the tips of the young shoots to encourage the bright red leafy re-growth. They can be trimmed up to 3 times a year. It is best to prune the Christmas Berry in the growing season, late March early April.
Growth Speed: Relatively quickly.
Flowering period: If not pruned too severely flowering is usually April to May or June
Winter hardy: -10
In many circumstances where the Photinia is planted in rich soil, it will require no additional fertiliser. If you notice or think growth is relatively slow, apply some slow release fertiliser. Apart from this and pruning to keep the size in check the plant has no real specific requirements.
At Charella, you can purchase beautiful Photinia trees, giving your garden or landscaping project a focal point. Photinias are highly valued for their striking new growth, which boasts vibrant hues that contrast beautifully with the glossy, dark green leaves that remain evergreen.
Among the various Photinia varieties available at Charella, Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' is particularly popular and can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, there are also other, lesser-known Photinia varieties available to purchase.
Choose many different varieties of Photinia trees
The variety of Photinia that you select all comes down to your personal preference. Photinia is a diverse genus that comprises around 50 species and belongs to the same family as Cotoneaster. They are known for their glossy, evergreen leaves and vibrant new growth, and all the varieties available offer this characteristic. They are a perfect addition to any garden, adding a unique touch of colour and texture.
What can they offer your garden?
For those looking to add a touch of greenery to their outdoor space, including front gardens, back gardens they are even classed as a potted plant, but the compact size of Photinia trees varieties makes them an ideal selection. They are also ideal for complementing other shrubs and plants in the garden. One such variety is Photinia x fraseri 'Louise' known for its variegated foliage pattern, while Photinia serratifolia 'Crunchy' stands out with its distinct undulated texture on the leaves. These varieties are an excellent choice for those looking for something different than the commonly found Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' and will bring a unique look to your garden.
Caring for Photinia trees
Caring for Photinia varieties is relatively easy. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. They should be watered regularly, especially during dry spells, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Twice a year they require fertilising and they also require pruning. Pruning is also necessary to promote bushier growth and to remove any dead or diseased branches. Photinia trees are disease-resistant, but they may be susceptible to pests such as spider mites and scale insects. Regularly inspecting the tree and treating any infestations promptly can help keep pests at bay.