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PHOTINIA fraseri 'Red Robin'
Photinia, Christmas Berry


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:: Rosaceae :: PHOTINIA :: x fraseri (glabra x serrulata) :: 'Red Robin'
  • Type of products available: 0/1/0A5, 0/1/0A7 (2 cuttings per plug), 0/1/1P8, 0/1/1P9, 0/1/1P9 stem, 0/1/1P1.3L

Main asset

A basic plant for hedges, because of its evergreen foliage, its bright colors, the absence of diseases or problems, and its quick growth. It behaves well in mixed hedgerows if combined with plants of comparable vigor (Elaeagnus, Ligustrum) otherwise it can choke slow growing plants.


Photinia are evergreen shrubs of East Asian origin. The fraseri hybrids were initially selected by Fraser nurseries (Alabama, 1955) and are a spontaneous cross of glabra (Japan) x serrulata (syn serratifolia, China).

'Red Robin' is a selection of fraseri hybrid, found at the Ducan & Davies Nurseries (New Plymouth, New Zealand) in the 1970s, and launched in Europe in 1979. The young leaves and shoots are brilliant bright red, then green after 15 days-3 weeks. Since the plant can grow up to 3 times a year depending on the growing conditions, it is often very colorful. In mid-spring, corymbs of single flowers with 5 petals, white, appear. The flowers are melliferous but rarely followed by fruits (it is an interspecific hybrid).

  • Uses: Occulting hedge, windbreak hedge, monospecific or mixed hedge

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: evergreen
  • Habit: trained
  • Height: 3 m x 2 m (10 ft x 7 ft)
  • Growth: medium to fast
  • Flowering period: May-June

Shape and colours:

  • Foliage shape: lanceolate
  • Foliage colour: dark green
  • Flowers shape: Corymb
  • Flowers colour: white


  • Soil type: drained, not too calcareous
  • Exposure: sun, part-shade
  • Hardiness: - 15 °C (5 °F - USDA zone 7b)