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Potinia x fraseriPhotinia 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.