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Growing and Caring for Photinia: A Comprehensive Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow and Care for Photinia


Photinia is a popular shrub or small tree known for its attractive foliage and flowers. It’s easy to grow and can add a splash of color to your garden.

Growing Conditions

  • Sunlight: Photinia prefers full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Plant in well-drained soil that is not too wet or dry.
  • Hardiness: Photinia is hardy, but protect it from cold winds and frost.


  • Plant in spring or fall, spacing plants 3-4 feet apart.
  • Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
  • Place the plant in the hole and fill it with soil, tamping down gently.
  • Water well after planting.


  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Fertilizing: Feed with a slow-release fertilizer in spring.
  • Pruning: Trim as needed to shape or control growth. Prune in spring or summer.


  • Cuttings: Take cuttings of young shoots in mid to late summer.
  • Layering: Bend a stem down to the ground and peg it in place. Roots will form in 12 months.

Pests and Diseases

  • Photinia is generally pest-free, but watch for powdery mildew and vine weevils.
  • Treat any problems promptly to prevent them from spreading.

Types of Photinia

  • Red Robin: Most popular variety with bright red foliage.
  • Little Red Robin: Compact variety suitable for pots.
  • Pink Crispy: Pinkish-red new growth and variegated leaves.
  • Beauverdiana: Red-brown new leaves and white flowers.


Photinia is a versatile and attractive addition to any garden. With proper care, it can thrive and add beauty for years to come.

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