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Photinia x fraseri

Fraser Photinia, Red Tip

Pronunciation
fo-TIN-euha x FRAY-shur-i
Family
Genus
Nativity

Of hybrid origin. Parents are Asian in origin.

Growth Habit

Upright oval, dense shrub.

Hardiness
7
Culture

Sun to shade, preferring moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate most all conditions except excessively wet soils. Must be protected in zone 7.

Landscape Use

Most commonly used as a a screen in the South where it is pruned heavily. Can make a respectable shrub for use in groups if left alone.

Foliage

Alternate, ovate 2.5 to 3.5 inches long. Margins serrate and the apex is acute. New foliage emerges screaming red, giving it its common name of red tip.

Buds

Terminal buds (flowers) .5 to 1 inch long, imbricately scaled, green - red in color.

Bark

Greenish brown, emitting a cherry-like odor when crushed.

Flower

White, five petals in clusters.

Fruit

Berry matures red in the fall, about .25 inches in diameter.

Propagation

Cuttings.

Pests
A fungal leaf spot has caused tremendous problems on the plants grown in the south.

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