February 1, 2023
Japanese photinia

Photinia glabra

Photinia glabra is also known as Japanese Photinia, Red Top Photinia, or Red-leaf Photinia. It is a large evergreen shrub. It 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.

Photinia glabra
Photinia glabra or Japanese Photinia
Japanese photinia
Photinia glabra

Leaves are alternate, simple, and pointed. They are red or bronzy when they are new. Later, they turn glossy dark green. Photinia glabra stems are copper-colored. It has small creamy-white flowers. They grow in clusters of about 10cm or 4in. They 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
Photinia glabra

How to grow Photinia glabra:

Photinia glabra is a fast grower. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. In shade, it should still get at least 5 or 6 hours of sun. Plant it in moist, humus-rich, but well-drained soil. It does not mind alkaline soil. Photinia glabra can also be trained as a small tree. It is not 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. Watch out for leaf spot.

Photinia glabra
Photinia glabra

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