Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin'

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Buy Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' photinia: Fabulous evergreen with red young foliage

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: most fertile, well-drained soils
  • Rate of growth: average to fast growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

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    With its parrot-red, glossy young foliage, and large, rounded heads of ivory flowers, this versatile evergreen shrub is deservedly popular. 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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Excellent plants


These plants are settling in really well in spite of the hot dry summer last year. They are looking healthy and have already put on some growth. Looking forward to seeing them grow more this year.




Interesting and reliable


Bought two plants to extend a photinia hedge. They established quickly, have weathered three bouts of snow and are growing well. Really pleased.





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I would like the Photinia Red Robin (in pots) to be placed in front of a fence to provide privacy from neighbours. They would be north facing and have partial sun/shade. They would have to remain in pots as there is no earth or border at the fence. Can you please let me know if the Photinia Red Robin would be suitable for this purpose (in pots, north facing, partial sun/shade, as a shrub for privacy)? I look forward to hearing from you. Regards Rebecca Rainbird

New gardener

I'm afraid these conditions do not sound ideal for this shrub, as to create height (and density) they will need to get their roots down into the ground. As for the aspect, they can tolerate some shade, but again will be happiest if they get a good amount of sun.


Hi there I'm looking for really hardy shrub (live in rural Sc Highlands!) that's slow growing with small root ball to put in 30cm (d) and 30cm(w) containers either side of front door with bulbs around base. Ideally I'd like it lollipop shape but don't want it to grow too tall (3ft ish). Would this work - can you suggest anything else as I'm really struggling with this. Thank you

Highland Coo

Hello there Unfortunately this can grow into a large shrub so would be too big for your pot. We do have a fully hardy 'lollipop' plant that might be suitable as long as it has a south or west facing aspect, in full sun, but your pots are rather small even for this plant. Otherwise sorry I don't have anything that matches your criteria. Lavandula angustifolia - mini stem standard.

Hi, I'd like to grow Photinia x fraseri Red Robin in a tree shape, to its full height (4m). How soon the flowers drop off after they have faded? I don't want to have to cut the flowers off such a large tree, and don't like the look of brown flowers, if they last a long time. Also, do they regularly produce berries, or many berries? I prefer something without berries, so I wonder if Photinia has a significant amount of berries. Thank you.


Hello, These are quite bushy plants, so you will need to do quite a bit of formative pruning if you want to grow it as a tree. As for the flowers, they do turn brown as they age, but they are not particularly persistent. Also, this plant is not generally a heavy berry producer.


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