Introducing Photinia Red Robin into your garden, as hedge or specimen, is a great way of introducing a unique and stunning splash of brilliant colour…
Photinia x fraseri, like all Photinias a member of the Rosaceae family, is a relative newcomer. Though Photinias are native to North America and Asia, the first seedling of Photinia x fraseri was discovered at (and named after) the Fraser Nurseries in Birmingham, Alabama in 1943. From America, it made its way to New Zealand where Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ was bred. It rapidly gained popularity across the world’s temperate zones and has been the Photinia hybrid for many years. Compact, uniquely bright, resilient and easy-to-grow, it gained its RHS AGM with flying colours. In 2012, The RHS reviewed all the plants that had been given an AGM and Photinia Red Robin was deemed, in true RHS-speak: “still worthy”.
So what do experts think of introducing Photinia Red Robin?
Gardeners’ World: “Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is a choice Photinia, with eye-catching juvenile growth the colour of sealing wax, similar to a pieris. This is sometimes caught by late spring frosts, and some shelter is advisable. Plants enjoy a sunny or partially shaded position in moist but well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).”
RHS: “’Red Robin’ is a dense medium-sized evergreen shrub of erect habit, with glossy, elliptic leaves to 10cm in length, bright red when young, later dark green. Flowers creamy-white, rather sparse”
The Guardian: “Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ produces a dazzling display of young scarlet foliage in spring which, along with the crimson stems, contrasts fabulously with the mature green foliage further down the plant. Rich white spring flowers further complement this stunning variety, which is the proud holder of an RHS AGM. Photinia ‘Red Robin’ tolerates a hard pruning, making it a handy evergreen hedge. It is also perfect for adding a blaze of spring colour to shrubberies and woodland areas, as well as for growing as a low maintenance specimen plant. Photinia should be planted in the shelter of other shrubs or against a warm wall in frost prone areas. Height and spread: up to 4m.”
Tempted? In the next few posts we’ll tell you all you need to know about introducing Photinia Red Robin.