Photinia x fraseri 'COMPACTA'

Photinia x fraseri
Photinia x fraseri 'COMPACTA'
Fraser's photinia
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:burgundy red a deep red a green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 6b   (down to -21°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Fraser’s photinia is a popular shrub in countries and regions with milder winters. It is a hybrid between Japanese photinia glabra and Chinese photinia serratifolia. Red Robin was the first variety that came from this crossing, and after it proved huge commercial success, new selections have been introduced.

Compacta (or Robusta Compacta) is another new selection of Fraser’s photinia from early 21st century. It exhibits a very compact and dense growth with dark wine red new leaves. It grows about half the size as opposed the famous Red Robin variety. The leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, glossy, and mature to dark green in summer. In mid spring medium-sized panicles of creamy white flowers are produced on older plants. Red coloured leaves emerge at least twice a year, sometimes three times if the season is warm and long. Pruning is not necessary in case of Compacta variety, yet it can be done an time from early spring until midsummer.

Photinia needs moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil and mulching. Provide extra watering in hot summers and mainly in frost-free periods in the winter if the ground is not frozen. Hardiness proved to -21°C and is expected to go even lower.

Last update 02-05-2016
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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