Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – Bush
Red Tip Photinia, Red Robin
Probably the most popular hedging plant of the last 20 years, Photinia x fraseri is a large hybrid Photinia of P. glabra and P. serrulata. This robust evergreen shrub has delightful red young foliage and heads of long lasting creamy flowers in late spring. Perfectly hardy for most UK gardens, often looking best in sunnier spots.
Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ differs from the species in that the young shoots are a particularly strong red colour and it is particularly robust.
Native to Southern China, the Photinia x fraseri name honours the Fraser Nursery in Birmingham, Alabama where the hybrid originated around 1940.
New growth in spring emerges a bright, luminous red in a showy display lasting about 2 to 3 weeks. These leathery red leaves, with finely serrated margins, gradually change to glossy dark green colour. Around late April, heads of creamy white flowers add to the show just as the new foliage starts to lose its colour.
Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is a vigorous evergreen shrub that can be pruned into a compact and colourful hedge.
Care & Size Guidance
The Red Tip Photinia can add 1 metre of growth per season in ideal conditions, making it absolutely ideal as a hedging plant.