Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – Topiary

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.


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Origin: Originally Southern China, hybrid of horticultural origin
Genus: Photinia
Species / Cultivar: x fraseri 'Red Robin'
Common Name: Red Tip Photinia, Red Robin
Synonym: Photinia glabra

Plant Biography

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.

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – Topiary
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

Additional pruning after flowering can encourage new flushes of red leaves in late spring and summer.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Photinia ‘Red Robin’ thrives in well-draining soil and prefers full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. If left to grow naturally, this versatile evergreen shrub can reach heights of up to 5 metres and spreads to about 4 metres wide, making it an ideal choice for hedges or standalone ornamental use. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, aids in establishing a robust root system.

Pruning in late spring encourages new growth and maintains its desired shape. This low-maintenance shrub adapts well to different soil types and climates, offering a vibrant and lush backdrop for gardens or landscapes throughout the year.


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