Photinia x fraseri ‘Robusta Compacta’

Red Tip Photinia, Red Robin

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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 ‘Robusta Compacta’, also known as The Christmas Berry, differs from the species in that it has a tighter and more compact habit than the ubiquitous Photinia ‘Red Robin’.

Origin: S. China
Genus: Photinia
Species / Cultivar: x fraseri 'Robusta Compacta'
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 a 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 ‘Robusta Compacta’
Soil: Free Draining
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: Low
This plant will cope in a drier position in the garden and is unlikely to require supplementary watering once established.
Skill & Care: Easy
No previous knowledge or skill is required to grow this plant. It's incredibly independent!
Situation: Part Shade
Will require 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day in order to thrive, but it will cope with dappled sunlight.
Eventual Height: 3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK.
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.

Photinia x fraseri 'Robusta Compacta'

Photinia x fraseri ‘Robusta Compacta’ is a vigorous evergreen shrub that can be pruned into a compact and colourful hedge. ‘Robusta Compacta’s tighter growth habit makes it a perfect choice if you want a pruned Photinia.

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

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.

The smaller, more compact growth habit of Photinia x fraseri ‘Robusta Compacta’ makes it more suitable for tighter spaces.

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