Photinia × fraseri Pink Marble ('Cassin')
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: most fertile, well-drained soils
- Rate of growth: average to fast growing
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
A recently introduced cultivar that was discovered in the US and is believed to be a sport of 'Red Robin'. It has variegated cream and green leaves, which when they first emerge are flushed in pinky red, so overall the effect is very colourful. A handsome evergreen, it makes a fine stand-alone specimen and as it is quite tolerant of hard pruning, it also works wonderfully well as an informal hedge.
- Garden care: To encourage a profusion of bright young leaves in late-spring or summer shorten the stems of established specimens by up to 15cm (6in), to just above an outward-facing bud in spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.
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Q:Just bought a Pink Marble; the lower horizontal stems are marbled but the single middle vertical stem has plain dark "Red Robin" leaves. Should I cut the middle stem out completely and if so, how will I get other vertical stems please?Asked on 10/5/2016 by Flower from Cotswolds
It sounds as though your plant is 'reverting', so unless you cut back this plain green stem to its base as soon as possible, you may end up with nothing but plain green leaves in a few years time.Answered on 31/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Purchased this plant a couple of years ago hoping for a bit of height it isn't growing much taller it just seems to be spreading out like ground cover...do I need to prune it a certain way to achieve some heightAsked on 7/5/2013 by mrshrub from manchester
This is quite a new introduction to Crocus so we don't have a lot of experience growing it as yet.
I don't know why your Photinia x fraseri 'Pink Marble' doesn't seem to be gaining in height. There could be a number of reasons, but I would recommend giving the plant a good feed to encourage growth, and also apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Also you could reduce the side stems to try and encourage the plant to grow upwards.
Hope this helps.Answered on 8/5/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
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