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Vibrant Photinia Trees

At Charella, you can purchase beautiful, vibrant 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.

Vibrant Photinia Trees

This is the vibrant Photinia trees Robusta Compacta.  A beautiful example of Photinia known for its more compact foliage.

What can they offer your garden?

For those looking to add a touch of greenery to their outdoor space, front and back gardens included,  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.

Potted Photinia Trees

Charella has potted Photinia to fit all budgets and gardens.

Whether you have a standard garden design or something more modern, our trees will give your garden a completely fresh look and feel.

Caring for potted outdoor trees

Caring for trees that are potted is similar to caring for them in the ground. They should be placed in an area with ample sunlight, and the soil should be well-draining.

Potted trees require consistent watering but be careful not to overwater as it can cause root rot.

They should be fertilised regularly with a slow release fertiliser.

Pruning is also necessary to enhance growth and to remove any dead or diseased branches.

Keeping an eye on the tree's overall health and taking prompt action if any pests or diseases are noticed will help keep the tree healthy and thriving.

The Royal Horticultural Society have also published guidance on the care of plants in containers.  Here is the link.

Care and Maintenance

They thrive in both full sun and a small amount of shade, but it is best to place them in a protected location to shield young shoots from harsh winds and cold temperatures.

Cold, damp locations may lead to the following problems:

  • Environmental stresses  – late frosts and cold winds may shrivel or kill soft new shoots
  • Leaf spot – purple-brown spotting on foliage is a sign the plant is under stress, often due to cold, wet winters. Recently planted trees are particularly prone.
  • Yellowing leaves due to nutrient deficiency on alkaline soil – some species, including Photinia beauverdiana, need neutral or acidic soil

Any damaged foliage will fall away naturally in spring or early summer, sometimes with heavy leaf loss.

These are usually soon replaced, but plants may become thinner in the centre.

Pruning - To restore, cut back some of the stems in early May/June to encourage younger, more leafy shoots.

Pests and diseases

Powdery mildew – a fungal disease that can appear as purple blotching on foliage

Fireblight – this bacterial disease causes shoots to shrivel and die. It can occasionally affect certain photinia species, including P. villosa and P. davidiana

Any damaged foliage will fall away naturally in spring or early summer, sometimes with heavy leaf loss.

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We hope you have found our Vibrant Photinia Trees useful.   To discuss your options or for any advice on the Photinia variety, we are here for you.

At Charella, we are committed to ensuring you find the ideal trees for your garden and project.