It’s hard to find Photinias used as feature plants rather than hedges. The new foliage colour is the striking feature of this plant. On the other hand the flower is a tad on the unattractive side. Make sure of your variety before you purchase, as there are slight new growth colour changes from one variety to another, as well as growth rate and maximum height and width differences.
Photinia “Red Robin” is probably the most popular of the hedge varieties. The Red Robin cultivar won’t get as tall as it’s more regularly occurring cousin, Photinia x Fraseri, which can grow to a 10m+ tall tree. It also has a smaller leaf, which is more suited to formal or semi-formal hedging.
Biggest Positive: Striking new foliage colour
Biggest Negative: Some varieties can look twiggy if they aren’t allowed width because of their large leaf
|Name||Photinia||Red Robin, Superhedge, Everbright|
|Leaf||New||Red or Copper|
|Size||Medium - Large|
|Fragrant||Not nice when it is|
|Time of Year||Spring|
|Ageing||Dull, almost dirty cream|
|Size||Height||1 - 3m|
|Width||80cm - 1.2m|
|Rate||Medium - Fast|