Photinia x fraseri
- BOTANICAL NAME: Photinia x fraseri
- PRONUNCIATION: fo-TIN-euha x FRAY-shur-i
- COMMON NAME: Fraser Photinia, Red Tip
- FAMILY: Rosaceae
- NATIVITY: Of hybrid origin. Parents are Asian in origin.
- GROWTH HABIT: Upright oval, dense shrub.
- SIZE: 10' - 15' tall
- HARDINESS: Zone (7) 8 - 9
- CULTURE: Sun to shade, preferring moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate most all conditions except excessively wet soils. Must be protected in zone 7.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Most commonly used as a a screen in the South where it is pruned heavily. Can make a respectable shrub for use in groups if left alone.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, ovate 2 1/2 - 3 1/2" long. Margins serrate and the
apex is acute. New foliage emerges screaming red, giving it its common name of red tip.
- BUDS: Terminals (flowers) 1/2 - 1" long, imbricately scaled, green - red in color.
- BARK: Greenish brown, emitting a cherry-like odor when crushed.
- FRUIT: Berry matures red in the fall, about 1/4" in diameter.
- PROPAGATION: Cutting.
- PESTS: A fungal leaf spot has caused tremendous problems on the
plants grown in the south.