Photinia × fraseri 'Little Red Robin'

9cm pot £6.99
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Buy Photinia × fraseri 'Little Red Robin' Christmas berry: Handsome, dwarf variety of popular shrub.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any fertile, well-drained neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast growing
  • Flowering period: April and May
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)

    With its parrot-red, glossy young foliage, and large, rounded heads of ivory flowers, this dwarf variety of the versatile evergreen shrub was introduced relatively recently and will be a winner for small gardens. It colours up best in full sun, and will usually only flower in sunny conditions, although it makes a handsome background evergreen shrub in partial shade, too. It can cope with hard pruning, so can be trimmed to form an informal hedge or clipped into strong shapes. The flowers appear in mid and late spring, and are sometimes followed by spherical red fruit. In frost-prone areas, train as a wall shrub against a south or west-facing wall.

  • 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. 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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Photinia plant


This is now the second time that I have purchased something from crocuses and to which has died, also the plants come a lot smaller than what you can purchase from other garden centre at the same price





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Hi, I'd like to plant these in trough style containers in front of a fence in order to make it look a bit nicer - like a small hedge basically. How deep would the container need to be and do you sell any that you would recommend for this plant? I've seen your above advice about spacing out by 30cm ish. We have about 180cm of fence to cover the width of. Thanks.


Hello there Yes this is a compact photinia which you could grow in a container as long as you keep it well watered and fed. Sorry we don't have any troughs deep enough that I can recommend, but I would look for something at least 40cm deep.

Could you advise which Red Robin would be better for creating a hedge row - this variety or the other you have on your site?


Hello there It really depends on how large you want the hedge to grow and the look. This variety will make a lovely smaller hedge as it is a dwarf form, or if you are looking for something larger and more imposing then Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' is striking and is by far the moist popular choice. For something more unusual, but will still create a good sized hedge you might like the variegated form Photinia × fraseri 'Pink Marble'.

when can I move my red robin


Hello, The best time to move this will be when it is completely dormant - so from late autumn to late winter.


I am new to gardening and I have purchased the red robin to be kept in a pot on the patio, can I prune the top stems any time of the year or do I have to wait till autumn/spring


Hello, These plants generally dont need much formative pruning, however they are fairly tolerant of being clipped back lightly, ideally in spring, but any time throughout the summer is OK too.


Hello I wanted to ask how tall these plans are when purchased and if they can be bought fully grown if not how long will they take to reach 75cm in height. How quickly can they be trimmed after planting.


Hello, The ones we sell are very young plants in a 9cm pot, so they will be around 10-15cm high. They are relatively fast growing, but how fast will ultimately be determined by external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients. As for pruning, this is best tackled in early spring.


To plant a hedge of photinia little red robin, what distance between plants for quick result. Will be planting in a single line. Thank you.


Hello, I would plant these at 30 - 40cm intervals if you want to create a hedge.


How tall/wide is it likely to grow, please


Hello, This has an eventual height and spread of around 1m.


My red robin has black spots on leaves many falling off, I can not see any bugs ?? Yet have sprayed it Can you advise Thank you

Green fingers

Hello, These plats are susceptible to fungal leaf spot, which is usually a sign that the plant is stressed in some way. Therefore, you should try to improve the growing conditions and it should pick up - although the spots that have developed will not disappear.


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