Common name: none
Many members of this family grow too large for the average garden. It is the named varieties of the evergreen Photinia x fraseri that have the most appeal, mainly for the colour of their new growth.
There are three worth considering. ‘Birmingham’ is an old favourite introduced in the early 1940s. Its foliage is a dark coppery red especially in spring. ‘Robusta’ (AGM) is, as its name indicates, stronger growing, and has bright red leaves.
Without doubt the best is ‘Red Robin’ (AGM). Raised in New Zealand, it is most attractive with bright scarlet-bronze new growth that in time mellows to a reddish bronze. These shrubs will grow to 3m (10ft) or more in height.
Soil type Well-drained, moist and humus-rich.
Planting The evergreen photinias are happy in a sunny or lightly shaded spot, but they will not do well in exposed windy sites.
Maintenance Regularis not necessary; any old straggly growth can be cut back in the spring.
Propagation Semi-ripe cuttings can be taken in early summer.
Pests and diseases Generally trouble free.