Photinia is a genus of shrubs and trees that are popular for their bright foliage and are often used for hedges, screens, and accent plants. Here we look at a few of the most popular varieties available in the UK.
Photinia Red Robin: This is the most popular variety of Photinia and is known for its bright red new growth that turns to dark green as the leaves mature. It is a fast-growing shrub that can reach up to 4 meters tall and wide, making it an excellent choice for hedging. Red Robin is also tolerant of most soil types and can grow in full sun or partial shade.
Photinia 'Pink Marble': This is a newer variety of Photinia that has variegated foliage with pink and cream markings. It is slower-growing than Red Robin, reaching up to 2 meters tall and wide. Pink Marble prefers full sun to partial shade and is more tolerant of shade than Red Robin.
Photinia 'Louise': This is a hybrid Photinia that has a compact, dense growth habit and glossy green leaves. It is slower-growing than Red Robin and Pink Marble, reaching up to 1.5 meters tall and wide. Louise prefers full sun to partial shade and is more tolerant of frost and cold temperatures than other varieties.
Photinia 'Carre Rouge': This is a French cultivar of Photinia that has a unique deep red coloration to its leaves. It is slower-growing than Red Robin and reaches up to 2 meters tall and wide. Carre Rouge prefers full sun to partial shade and is more tolerant of heat and drought than other varieties.
Photinia Little Red Robin: This is a dwarf variety of Red Robin that only grows up to 1 meter tall and wide. It has the same bright red new growth and dark green mature foliage as Red Robin but is much smaller in size. Little Red Robin is an excellent choice for smaller gardens or as a low hedge.