Photinia Red Robin

Photinia Red Robin is another favourite or the public to plant in the garden as it gives a good screen but has red and green leaves so gives some colour variance. A rather light foliage shrub which can do with a little more TLC over the Cherry Photinias. It produces small white flowers in mid and late Spring, sometimes followed by red fruit, but it is the spring foliage that is known for producing bright new red leaves at the top of the shrub which sets it apart from existing red and green leaves that make it look like red robin birds are on top, hence its name.

It is a medium growing shrub but in the right conditions, it can grow faster but on average, it grows approx 30cm each year. Photinia should be trimmed to a formal hedge shape in Spring after flowering and again in late Summer or when needed. They can get woody and do not react that well to hard prunes so it is best to stay on top of them and give them a feed after every cut to encourage regeneration.
It prefers a sunny site but will tolerate partial shade in any well drained soil.
The Photinia shrub can be prone to leaf drop usually when there is a significant temperature change or if they are obstructed of light for a long period. Overall, depending on what you want from it, it can be a bit fussy but if treated correctly, a lovely shrub.


2 - 2.5ft (60-80cm) Photinia in 10L pots - £20.00 inc Vat

2.5 – 3ft (80 - 100cm) Photinia in 10L pots – £25.00 inc Vat

3.5 - 4ft (100 - 125cm) Photinia in 5L Pots – from £26.00 inc Vat

4 - 5ft (125 - 150cm) Photinia in 18LPots from £48.00 inc Vat

5 - 6ft (150 - 175cm) Photinia in 20L Pots from £75.00 inc Vat

How Do We Sell Them?

Photinia is usually grown in pots or can be sourced in a rootball or bareroot in the late autumn and winter. Bare-root plants are only available from November to April. Root Balls are available from mid-October to mid-April.

So, what’s the difference between bare root and rootball?

Bare root Photinias are extracted from fields in late autumn to spring period, when the plants are dormant. They have no soil around the roots and therefore don’t incur the same costs for delivery as the soil is removed from the Photinia roots. However, the Photinia needs to be planted as soon as possible.

Rootballed plants are also dug from the fields between autumn and spring and wrapped and distributed to order.

Why does the price change?

In terms of buying bare root plants, it is purely down to availability, when the supply becomes low, the prices rise so make sure you order yours early or at least put a deposit down for delivery later in the year.


Planting & Growing Photinia Questions & Answers

How fast does it grow?

Photinia growth rate is moderately fast at approx 30cm growth per year.

Where can it be planted?

Photinia shrubs can be planted just about anywhere in any soil however; it will perform best in loamy soil so planting with compost and planted ideally in a sunny aspect but will tolerate some shade during the day.

How should it be planted?

Realistically, the smaller the Photinia the closer they can be planted but if you want to create a Photinia screen or hedge then half a meter apart using Photinias 4ft height or above should be fine. Any closer, once established, they will be fighting for root space and water. Planting larger Photinia will give you a hedge far quicker and be less likely to fail (under 4ft).
If you need a team to come and plant the Photinias for you, simply let us know and we will quote for the work (distance permitting).

What’s the Fail Rate

All Photinia that we sell will be in good healthy condition but it should always be noted that smaller Photinia may fail to take up however, with a good planting process of improving the soil and using microrhizome funghi before you plant and watering regularly afterwards should reduce all odds. Click to read the planting tips.

Planting Advice

When Planting Photinia:
Prepare the soil by mixing in a good amount of compost / manure into the existing soil.
Dig the whole in excess of the size of the pots and fill the holes with water (and allow to drain away before putting the Photinia in the ground. Make sure the Photinia has been soaked before it gets planted as the stress of the move will dehydrate it. Add microrhizome funghi to the roots and around the hole to aid the ground environment for the roots to grow
Water well during planting and throughout dry periods. Water directly to the base of the shrubs, do not water foliage during very sunny and warm weather as this may burn the foliage as it evaporates.
Water during the coolest time of the day, either first thing or last thing, never during the middle of the day in summer. In winter, it is generally wetter and so may not need watering as much.
Make sure you keep the planted area clear of weeds and plants beforehand and continue to weed during the first few years of establishment.

How many do I need?

As a general guide three plants per metre in a single row is perfectly adequate for a new Photinia hedge, for faster results you could use 5 plants per metre in a double row for bare root Photinias’ and potted Photinia hedging up to 90/120cm in size.

How do i maintain Photinia

It should be trimmed to shape in spring or autumn however, Photinia can be trimmed most of the year but avoid times of hard frost. If hard pruning, then May at least after flowering at one year after it has been planted.

Photinia hedging is resilient and be cut back hard if it is needed, just give it a water and feed afterwards.

Photinia Hedging in Winter – order our rootballs

Please note that there is a minimum order requirement of five plants for the extra tall root balls due to the specialised delivery required. Due to their extreme size and weight, these hedging plants may need special transportation and so please contact us for more information. These are generally larger Photinia shrubs and are again primarily for hedging.


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