Photinia Red Robin
Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’) is one of the most striking of all hedging plants.
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 60 cm intervals – but will be equally willing to add its unique splash of colour if planted in a container or as a specimen shrub.
Photinia Red Robin At-A-Glance
Foliage Type: Evergreen
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Soil type: Acid or Alkaline
Wet/Dry: Good drainage
Preferred situation: Sun
Growth Rate: Medium
To achieve a thick garden hedge, you must trim early but the final height is easily managed. The more this hedging plant is cut, the more the vibrant red shoots appear.
Soil and Situation: Any well-drained and fertile soil – feed in spring with a standard fertilizer if your soil is poor and/or shallow
Maintenance: Easy to maintain – prune lightly all year round to maintain shape, the desired height and to keep the new red growth coming
Versatility: Plant for hedging or in a container.