Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’) is native to North America and Asia, a member of the rose family (Rosaceae) and also related to the apple. In 1943 a Photinia seedling was discovered at the Fraser Nurseries in Birmingham, Alabama – a hybrid of Photinia glabra and Photinia serratifolia. Photinia x fraseri had arrived. From this single plant, cultivars were enthusiastically developed to bring the distinctive, spectacular, bright-coloured foliage to the fore. Among these was the New Zealand bred Photinia Red Robin. Its new growth is a strong, deep red – vibrant but not garish – which then slowly matures to a shiny dark green. Its name is derived from photeinos, the Greek for glossy and makes a statement in any garden, but it never, ever shouts.
Over the last 20 years, this popular hedging plant has established itself right across the world as the most popular of all Photinias – but don’t let this put you off. Plants only become that well-loved if they look good, grow well and have a proven track record. After all, the RHS has given Photinia Red Robin their Award of Garden Merit.
Photinia Red Robin makes a splendid hedge – planted at 55cm intervals – but will be equally willing to add its unique splash of colour if planted in a container or as a specimen shrub. To find out more about this versatile plant, please visit these earlier posts. Just click on the title:
• An Introduction
• First Steps
• Hedges Don’t Have To Be Green
• How to grow Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ AGM
• The Best Hedging Plants for Coastal Gardens
• What are the Best Hedges for Scent and Fragrance?