Photinias are native to Asia and North America, members of the rose family (Rosaceae) and related to the apple. Among their number, there is a group of evergreen hybrids, generally forms of Photinia x fraseri that have been purposely grown for their bright foliage.
And among these, Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is one of the most popular. It is certainly the fashionable choice for those looking for vibrant and striking colour in their hedge. The new growth of this Photinia is a strong, deep red which then slowly matures to a shiny dark green – the plant’s name comes from photeinos, the Greek for ‘glossy’ while ‘Red Robin’ is self-explanatory.
While these glossy, elliptic leaves grow to 10cm long are the star of the show, ‘Red Robin’ also produces a modest showing of small creamy-white flowers.
Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is a versatile plant and can be grown as a dense hedge (of course) or as a specimen, medium-sized shrub, planted in either the ground or a container. The next post will demonstrate just how easy it is to grow and maintain.