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Photinia Red Robin is an evergreen shrub, prized for its gorgeous red, new growth that emerges in Spring. Ideal for use as a hedge or screen, Photinia Red Robin is a relatively fast grower and can reach a height of approximately 4 meters. Clusters of small, white flowers appear in the warmer months.
CARE AND GROWTH:
Photinia Red Robin prefer a position in full sun to part shade. Water regularly after planting as the plant begins to establish itself (around 12 weeks). Keep soil moist but ensure it does not become waterlogged. Use a well-draining soil mix and increase watering on extremely hot or windy days.
Fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser and prune in Spring. Avoid fertilising and pruning in Winter as the plant can go into shock. The best time to prune is after the flush of new Spring growth. This encourages the plant to branch out and promotes even more red growth. Regular pruning will allow you to keep you Photinia at any height you wish and keep your plants looking bushy and full.
A layer of mulch around the plants is also an option as it will help retain moisture, supress weeds and regulate soil temperature.
Sydney generally provides very favourable conditions for Photinia Red Robin. With good soil, regular watering and proper care, it has a relatively fast growth rate. During its active growing season (Spring and Summer), you will notice it will produce a good amount of new growth.
Hedge/Screen: Photinia Red Robin is one of Sydney’s most popular hedging plants as it grows extremely well in our climate. It has a dense growth habit, vibrant foliage and can develop into a privacy screen quite quickly. During Spring, you will notice the red tops of Photinia hedges everywhere!
Ornamental: Its striking red growth and glossy, green leaves make Photinia a focal point in any garden and landscape.
Background/Boundary Planting: With the vibrant foliage of the Photinia, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can plant with it. The deep purple foliage of Loropetalum provides a striking contrast to the red growth of the Photinia and flowering shrubs like Azaleas, Camellias and Gardenias can introduce additional colours and seasonal blooms. Native grasses such as Lomandra and Liriope can add movement and texture to the space.
Low growing ground covers like Ajuga and Myoporum are great for providing a colourful carpet under the Photinia. Japanese Box or other Buxus are also a great option. Their neat, formal appearance can balance the vibrancy of the Photinia Red Robin.
Pot/Containers: The red growth makes the Red Robin a great choice for decorative pots or container planting. Keep in mind, the size of the pot/planter will determine how big the plant can get. It is also important to ensure you keep the watering up as the plant will not be able to find its own water source as it would if planted in the ground.
Recommended spacing will depend on your intended use but for hedging we suggest the following;
For smaller pot sizes (140mm and 200mm) we recommend 2-3 plants per metre and for larger pot sizes (300mm and 400mm), 1-2 plants per metre. This is a guide only.
For specimen planting, every 1.5-2m is ideal.
We stock Photinia Red Robin is a range of pot sizes from 140mm-400mm. For a better idea of the size of the plant, please click on the specific pot size you are after.
Check out Photinia Glabra Rubens, Photinia Black Jack and Photinia Pink Marble as an alternative to Photinia Red Robin. If you’re after something that you don’t see listed, send us an email!
Position: Full sun to part shade
Max Height: 3-4m
Max Width: 2-3m
Spacing for hedging: Every 40-80cm depending on pot size
Type: Hedge, Ornamental, Small Tree, Containers
Feed: Slow-release fertiliser
Pruning: Once to twice a year in warmer months depending on desired height