Photinia serratifolia

Photinia serratifolia
Photinia serratifolia 
Chinese photinia
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME May
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°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
Rarities
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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.

Chinese photinia is a vigorous evergreen shrub reaching anything from 3 to 6 meters in its natural habitat. In continental climate of Central Europe it will mature at 4-4.5m. Its leathery leaves are elongated, glossy, partially undulated, and very finely serrated at margins. Plants with heavier serration are commonly selected for production of new varieties. They emerge copper red in mid spring and mature to medium green with dark olive green hues. 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. Then they turn green again while new foliage comes out. In mid spring older plants produce medium-sized panicles of creamy white flowers that are followed by small raspberry pink berries on long stalks.

Chinese photinia grows moderately or fast (30-50 cm per year - soil conditions pending), and can be pruned from early spring until midsummer. Spring pruning encourages bushier and faster growth, summer pruning is ideal for shaping. Here in zone 6 we find it a place sheltered from strong, drying winds in winter. 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 17-01-2018
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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.
  • 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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