- Height 200-250 cm / 6.6-8.2 ft: 145 litres pot;
- Height 250-300 cm / 8.2-9.8 ft: 375 litres pot;
- Height 350-400 cm / 11.5-13.1 ft: 600 litres pot;
The lovely Photina, also known as the ‘Red Robin’, is a plant native to North America and Asia although has been successfully grown in many gardens throughout the UK for about 20 years now. The actual name of the plant, “Photina”, is actually derived from the word “photeinos” which is Greek for “glossy”, a very true statement when it comes to this plant. Now available in Espalier style, this plant itself is a slow growing plant and only grows about 20 cm (7.8 inches) to 40 cm (1.3 ft) a year. Final growth spread of this plant can be expected between 50 cm – 1.5 m (1.6 ft – 4.9 ft).The final height of this plant is between 1.5 m – 3 m (4.9 ft – 9.8 ft) This plant is perfect for the British climate and can successfully be grown throughout the country. With a high hardiness rating, it is perfect for planting in well-drained soil. Green throughout the year, the best part of the Photina is that when it gets to spring, the flowers start to turn into a beautiful red and white colour, providing a very romantic view. Minimal pruning is required but an occasional trim in Spring and Summer is advised. Also take care of any potential pests and diseases that might crop up.
Latin Name: Photinia × fraseri ‘Red Robin’
English Name: Red Robin, Christmas berry ‘Red Robin
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, moist but well drained. 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 (-4 °F to 5 °F)
Maintenance: Pruning group 1
Growth Habit: Bushy
Growth Speed: Slow (20 cm to 40 cm per year)
Cultivation: Grows best in fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade
Pests: The leaves may be eaten by vine weevil
Diseases: May be affected by fireblight and a leaf spot
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