Red Tip Photinia
Photinia x fraseri
One of the most popular and perhaps over-utilized shrubs in the southern USA. Valued for its dark gossy green foliage that emerges red (hence vernacular name of Red Tip Photinia) and ability to grow in almost any soil type. The creamy white spring flowers are attractive. Unfortunately the taxa is troubled by several serious maladies. Perhaps it should be reserved for use on tough sites and plantings diversified with other species on better sites. A hybrid species between Photinia glabra and Photinia serratifolia.
Plant Habit or Use:
Large shrub, small tree, topiary
sun, partial sun
Red pome, not as prolifically produced as on P. serratifolia
10 ft to 15 ft
7 ft to 10 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Tends to be a high N user developing chlorosis on infertile sites. Afflicted by several serious limitations; Entomosporum leaf spot and cotton root rot are the most devastating, powdery mildew is an occasional problem.