Photinia x fraseriItem #6485 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
An excellent medium-sized evergreen shrub ideal for hedges or screens. Attractive new growth explodes in bright bronze-red in early spring, maturing to large, dark green leaves. Works well as espalier or as a formally pruned patio tree.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide, in natural form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:foh-TIN-i-a x FRAY-zer-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide, in natural form.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis shrub is the backbone of landscapes in mild winter regions. Beauty and dense growth combine to produce the perfect tall hedge, whether grown natural or sheared. They are grown in side yards, down property lines or spaced out into a natural landscape for spring foliage contrast. Easily trained into a neat small tree, offering an evergreen lollipop for entries, front yards or even near the street.Companion PlantsEuonymus (Euonymus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Rose (Rosa); Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria); Smokebush (Cotinus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, well-drained soils, but very adaptable. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild, periodic dry spells. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy, formal appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This very common shrub that is often classified as a pure species, P. fraseri, but it is in fact a hybrid. Its most dominant parent is likely P. serratifolia, which is native to China where it is known as "Red For A Thousand Years" which is evidenced by P. x. fraseri's bright, scarlet red new growth, its most outstanding characteristic. The Chinese plant was first introduced into Britain in 1804 by Captain Kirkpatrick of the Dutch East India Company. The genus Photinia is classified in the Rosaceae family and English horticulturist John Lindley, 1799-1865, named it from the Greek for shining to describe its glossy foliage. Lindley also dubbed the species after a contemporary plant hunter, John Fraser, 1750-1811, who is best known for introducing many new species from North American into Britain.