Photinia serratifolia 'REV100' CRUNCHY®

Photinia serratifolia 'REV100'
Photinia serratifolia 'REV100' CRUNCHY®
Chinese photinia
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
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
Hedging plants
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Chinese photinia is a species which is less common in trade and almost nonexistent in European nurseries. Reason being that all European encyclopedias rate it much less winter hardy than David’s or Fraser’s photinia which are very popular evergreen shrubs used for hedges in zones 6 and higher all over temperate regions. However, in the USA this species has been successfully cultivated for a few decades now, and has proved reliably hardy to zone 6 which allows using it in the same areas as the other well-known hybrids and species. Currently, there are new varieties being bred in Europe with attractive foliage and slower growth hence smaller habit making them hardier than fast growing shrubs with tender wood.

CRUNCHY® is a French introduction of Chinese photinia invented by Jean-Pierre Faure. Its evergreen leaves are large – 15-20 cm long, oval, leathery, glossy, and heavily undulated and serrated or toothed at margins. They emerge rich chocolate brown to burgundy brown in mid spring, maturing to rich red in early summer. New leaves are produced once or even twice again until autumn, this time with only pale bronze red colour, and the same shade will dress up the whole plant in various depths for winter and early spring until the arrival of warm days when they turn green again while new foliage comes out. In mid spring older plants produce medium-sized panicles of creamy white flowers.

CRUNCHY® photinia grows slowly making strong branches into a well-behaved, upright habit (unlike fast growing Fraser’s photinias). Here in zones 6 we find it a place sheltered from strong, drying winds in winter. It reaches about 2m tall and 1m or a little more wide. Pruning can be done from early spring until midsummer. It needs moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil and mulching. Provide extra watering in hot summers and also in frost-free periods in the winter if the ground is not frozen. Hardy to about -23°C.

Last update 09-09-2017
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Photinia serratifolia 'REV100' height 30-45 cm
Photinia serratifolia 'REV100' height 30-45 cm

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Photinia (
Photinia x fraseri
  • 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.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • 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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