Photinia glabra is also known as Japanese Photinia, Red Top Photinia, or Red-leaf Photinia. It is a large evergreen shrub that is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. It is native to Japan and China. Photinia glabra grows to a height of about 12ft or 3.7m.
Leaves are alternate, simple, and pointed. They are red or bronzy when they are new and later turn glossy dark green. Photinia glabra stems are copper-colored. It has small creamy-white flowers that appear in clusters of about 10cm or 4in and are slightly fragrant (not so pleasant). Photinia glabra flowers in spring. After flowering, Photinia glabra produces fruits that are reddish and turn more black or burgundy as they ripen.
Photinia glabra is a fast grower. Plant it in the sun or partial shade, it should still get at least 5 or 6 hours of sun. Use moist, humus-rich soil but well-drained soil. It does not mind alkaline. Photinia glabra can also be trained as a small tree. It is not very cold tolerant but in warmer climates, it is fine all year through. Photinia glabra requires a minimum of -10°C or 14°F. Generally, it is pest-free or disease-free but watch out for leaf spot.