Photinia Red Robin
Photinia Red Robin

Photinia Red Robin

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Description: Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin', commonly known as Red Robin Photinia, is an evergreen shrub or small tree valued for its vibrant red new growth and attractive foliage. This hardy and versatile plant is popular for hedging, screening, and ornamental purposes in gardens and landscapes.

Flowers:

  • Blooms: Produces clusters of small, white flowers in spring. The flowers are borne in corymbs and add a delicate touch to the plant.
  • Fragrance: The flowers have a mild fragrance.

Foliage:

  • Leaves: New growth emerges bright red, gradually maturing to dark green. The leaves are oval-shaped, glossy, and leathery, providing year-round interest.
  • Seasonal Color: The striking red foliage of new growth provides a beautiful contrast to the mature green leaves, creating a dynamic display.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 2-4 meters tall and wide, forming a dense, rounded habit.
  • Habit: Upright and bushy, with a dense growth habit that makes it suitable for hedges and screens.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in temperate to subtropical climates, making it suitable for various regions in Australia. It is tolerant of light frosts.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining, fertile soil but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in full sun to partial shade. Full sun encourages the best growth and foliage color, while partial shade can help prevent leaf scorch in hotter climates.
  • Watering: Regular watering during the establishment phase is crucial. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant but benefits from consistent moisture during dry periods.

Uses:

  • Hedges and Screens: Ideal for creating dense, attractive hedges and screens due to its compact growth and vibrant foliage.
  • Specimen Plant: Can be used as a standalone specimen plant in gardens and courtyards, where its colorful new growth can be showcased.
  • Containers: Suitable for growing in large containers or pots, providing a bold statement on patios and balconies.

Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Prune in late winter to early spring to maintain shape, encourage bushy growth, and remove any dead or damaged branches. Regular pruning helps promote the vibrant red new growth.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage color.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to pests and diseases. Monitor for aphids, scale insects, and fungal leaf spots, especially in humid conditions.

Notes:

  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. In cooler regions of Australia, provide protection from severe frost to prevent damage to young shoots.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other evergreen shrubs and perennials that thrive in similar conditions, such as camellias, azaleas, and loropetalums, to create a cohesive and colorful garden display.

Propagation: Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or by layering

Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' (Red Robin Photinia)

Common Name: Red Robin Photinia, Red Tip Photinia

Botanical Name: Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin'

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: Hybrid cultivar developed in the United States