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Photinia x fraseri

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Photinia x fraseri is an evergreen shrub, or small tree, which can reach 3-4 meters in height; it is a hybrid, the plants used for hybridization are P. glabra, originating in Japan, and P. serrulata, originating in China.

It is a round, leafy shrub with thin, well-branched stems; the leaves are oval or lanceolate, bright red in color when they sprout, then turn dark green; even during autumn and winter some leaves can take on an orange color. At the beginning of spring it produces numerous small white flowers, gathered in corymbs, delicately perfumed.

In summer on the plants it is possible to see some small reddish berries.

There are numerous cultivars, with leaves with particularly bright colors; the most cultivated is certainly the Photinia x fraseri "Red Robin". These shrubs are widely used in hedges, but they are certainly also suitable as single specimens or in a mixed border.

After flowering it is advisable to prune longer branches, so as to keep the shrub dense and well branched even in the lower part; It is also possible to develop the plant freely, or sapling, in order to obtain a small tree with rounded crown.


Description

These are evergreen or deciduous bushes or trees originating in southern Asia, especially China and Japan. The trunk is thin and regular. The bark is brown in color and the crown, if allowed to grow spontaneously, takes on a rounded shape.

They have lanceolate, alternate leaves, which in adulthood are a beautiful dark green. At birth and before the fall they take on a reddish color. In winter they can turn to orange.

This gives the plant a very decorative appearance, contributing to the liveliness of the garden, and has made it one of the most used for the construction of hedges. It usually reaches 4-5 meters in height, but if it has grown as a tree it can even reach 10 meters (depending on the species). It should be emphasized that in spring it has clusters of cream-white flowers which in autumn turn into pleasant bunches of small red berries.

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