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Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' Gardeners' insight

Posted on July 24, 2017 by David Fairley | 0 comments

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ has to be a personal favourite of mine for a hedge. Whether used as a dramatic feature as topiary or to make a great hedge, this evergreen shrub  creates a visual feast all year round, and can screen the unpleasant features in the garden very well.


2 litre pot - the plant is about 50 cm tall.

The most obvious thing you would associate with Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, is the amazing scarlet foliage. This vivid red is only on the new shoots of the Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ and provides a burst of colour when the growing season begins. Eventually after the foliage has matured,  if the Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ hasn’t been cut back the new shoots will eventually change to a dark green colour. Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ also produces handsome white flowers in the spring which also add contrast to the differing colours of the foliage.


10 litre pot - the plant is about 70cm tall, but it is much fuller and is well established compared to the 2 litre potted plant.

Another major positive about having Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ as a hedge is how easily it can be managed. There are various different ways you can control the growth regarding your specific plant. For instance if you are using Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ as a hedging plant, you can cut the tips of the young shoots to encourage even more scarlet red shoots to form. On top of this you can also trim your Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ up to three times in a year, in order to keep its shape uniform. It is vital if you want to maintain the shape of you Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ that you prune it as it can grow up to as much as a meter each year.

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