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Photinia 'Red Robin'

Photinia x fraserii

An erect, loose, upright growing hedge with spectacular foliage, and abundant spring flowers. Thrives in full sun and tolerates mild drought.

Soil types
Likes well-drained chalk, clay sandy and loam soils
Likes full sun to partial shade
Annual growth rate
Annual growth moderate 30-40cm
Grows in most situations, Wind barrier
Formal hedges, privacy screens and high hedges
Shallow, spreading roots
Formal hedge pruning
Prune once or twice during the growing season and always at the end of summer

One of our most stylish hedges, the Photinia fraserii ‘Red Robin’ of Mediterranean origin, is a decorative hedge with a stunning array of seasonal colour making it a desirable specimen hedge. It likes warmth and is sensitive to frost but thoughtful planting in a suitable location produces a truly spectacular hedge.

Photinia fraserii ‘Red Robin’ leaves are evergreen, elliptical 8-15cm long glossy, medium to dark green in colour. However, the main event takes place when the new fresh leaf growth appears in spring and throughout summer. Leaves spectacularly flush light pink-red and continue to mature overtime from bright red to crimson-red to bronze then finally into mature dark green.

An abundance of creamy-white flowers appears in May-June which takes a lot of energy from the hedge, weakening and suppressing the foliage growth. By trimming off these flowers strengthens the hedge core and encourages new foliage growth and in turn, hedge density.

If you wish the Photinia fraserii ‘Red Robin’ hedge to flower, you should make the first prune in June once flowering has diminished. However, if you want to maximize hedge foliage density the first hedge trim should take place in March/April and any missed flowering stems should be removed as they appear.  A hedge trim should always take place at the end of summer in August or September before the ground cools.

Photinia fraserii ‘Red Robin’ thrives in most soils that are not too nutrient poor, heavy clay or prone to getting waterlogged. Partial sun is tolerated but full sun is preferable because it will provide the most persistent, and vibrant coloured red foliage.