Photinia x fraseri 'LITTLE RED ROBIN'

Photinia x fraseri
Photinia x fraseri 'LITTLE RED ROBIN'
Fraser photinia
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green a red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
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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Some time ago crossing of two species of photina resulted in an extremely successful and attractive plant: Fraser photinia. It is called Red Robin and in countries with mild winters it is one of the top favourites for evergreen hedges. But now we are introducing a new plant which, though based on this invention, means a step ahead: Red Robin’s little brother. Its name is, surpisingly, Little Red Robin.

This photinia is a dwarf variety of Red Robin. It has all its beautiful features but the size. The evergreen leaves are obovate to ovate, pointed and glossy, about 4-6 cm long and 2-3 cm wide. When they emerge they are vivid burgundy red, grading to coppery red as they mature, and deep green later. They come out in irregular phases several times a year so the plant always carries a portion of red new foliage. From autumn until spring the leaves may show darker spots which are reaction to colder weather and do not manifest an illness.

Its main advantage is definitely the reduced size so it will fit in even the smallest of gardens. It grows compact and dense, no need to prune it. Being a dwarf variety of a more tender evergreen plant it offers higher hardiness, which in regions with regular amount of winter snow is even increased because snow coverage works as an excellent isolation against the worst frosts.

Photinia needs fertile, well-drained soil that will not be too clay or too alkaline. Hardy to about -20°C (USDA zone 6b), with protection (fir branches, white woven or simply snow) down to -24°C.

Last update 17-12-2008
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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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