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Photinia fraseri

Red-Leaf Photinia
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub, Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush, Column, Espalier, Large Shrub/Small Tree, Standard Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 10-15' x 10-15'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • White
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Desert Conditions, Intermountain Conditions, Screen, Seacoast Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 3b, 4-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 8


This staple of the western landscape is perhaps best known for the red color of its new foliage that appears in the spring. Though the leaves eventually fade to green, they are glossy and handsome. In fact, the genus name derives from the Greek word for shiny – photeinos. Wonderfully adaptable, it makes a wonderful informal hedge or bush, a standard tree, or an espalier. Pruning will be required and is best done before the flush of new spring growth or after the springtime flowers drop. Given the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, it is as popular across the pond as it is in the western United States. It is happily resistant to powdery mildew and heat. It grows quickly to its maximum height and width of 10-15’ and is best suited to Sunset Western Garden zones 3b and 4-24. It attracts birds and butterflies, balks not at seacoast or desert conditions, and is cold hardy. Photinia fraseri is one of Boething Treeland’s most popular evergreens and is grown in all sizes.