The Photinia Serrulata, also known as Red Robin Tree or occasionally the Christmas Berry, is a group of evergreen shrubs grown specifically for glossy, dark green adult foliage, white flowers and brilliant red tinted young leaves; in the spring, they unfold to give a stunning display. The best known of the photinias is Photinia Red Robin, which is often planted as a specimen shrub or as a dense, evergreen hedge.
A Christmas Berry Red Robin puts on a show all year round, with white springtime flowers and new leaves that start out as a vibrant red, before darkening to a glossy green as they age. These bright colours are popular with wildlife, but due to its loose branch structure, birds are unlikely to choose the Red Robin as a nesting location (which is ironic). Christmas Berry Red Robins are an excellent choice for creating interesting hedges and borders.
Latin Name: Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin also known as Photinia Serrulata Red Robin
English Name: Christmas Berry Red Robin, Photinia Red Robin, Red Robin, Fraser Photinia
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Foliage: Bright Red to Green.
Flower: White Flowers and Red Berries.
Flowering Period: Spring.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Chalk. Clay. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14 °F)
Suggested Uses: Topiary. Embankments. Coastal styles.
Maintenance: Trimming and shaping each year in the late-spring.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Slow (20cm to 40cm per year).
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