6 responses to “Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’”

  1. Ado Annie

    Brilliant, beautiful red. Gorgeous color. Lovely plant.

  2. Leigh

    My photinias (in Northern California) developed a fungus last year. One shrub died, but the rest came back. Are any of the above species resistant?

  3. Scott Ranger

    This plant represents what a fad can do for plants. In the American south, it became *the* plant of developers and nearly omnipresent. This *overplanting* is one of the factors for the spread of the fungus as the next plant was right next door. Now that many have discovered the *best* thing to do with “red-tip photinia” is the chain saw it to the ground and poison the root.
    Perhaps the overlooked problem lies with folks not reading or knowing how big this plant gets, as “5 meters” is a *large* garden plant. It is most often planted in the wrong place, far too close to a building, hedge or garden feature and, when left alone (the best horticultural practice), it gets quite large.
    Now that it is no longer a fad, and in fact seen as a pest, its numbers are low enough that the fungus is not much of a problem anymore.
    The lesson is, know the plant before you plant it!!!

  4. Ron B

    Photinia serratifolia has been recorded about 15 m high and P. x fraseri at least 8 m tall.

  5. Steve Edler

    Photinia is a favourite with developers here in England. We planted one & keep it in check by regular heading back which also provides a regular supply of red leaves. Any bullies in the garden get the same treatment & if they don’t respond we follow Scott’s advice.
    The fungus strikes latter in the year & is not a problem. We have a dry climate (less rain than Jerusalem) so maybe that is a factor.

  6. Dana D

    Red-tip Photinia is still common in northeast Oklahoma, but too often it is planted incorrectly and leads to the leaf spot disease. My understanding is the fungus can only attack the leaves when young. Once they are tough old leaves they will no longer be attacked, but the spots often don’t manifest until after the leaves mature leading people to the wrong conclusions as to when to spray.

    My neighbors attacked their hedge with three different methods to see which worked best: remove all leaves and spray, remove some leaves and spray, cut to the ground (no spray until new leaves emerge). I advised to remove every other bush in the hedge. Also a thorough cleanup in spring before the new growth emerges (remove all debris and the top layer of soil, replenish with fresh soil and a layer of mulch) goes a LONG way toward controlling the disease.

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