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Photinia davidiana

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Stranvaesia davidiana
Phonetic Spelling
foh-TIN-nee-uh duh-vid-ee-A-nuh
Description

Chinese Photina is an ornamental shrub from Asia in the rose family. It is typically found along slopes, in thickets or along riverbanks.  At maturity, it reaches 15 feet high and 10 feet wide. The leaves are evergreen and clusters of small white flowers are produced May-June. Flowers are followed by pomes that mature to red in late summer and persist into winter providing interest in a winter landscape.

This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils in full sun to partial shade. Use in the back or middle of a shrub border, as a hedge or screen.  To propagate this plant use semi-hard stem cuttings in the summer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Leaf spot can be a problem, especially in hot humid summers. Also susceptible to fireblight and powdery mildew. Insects that can be problematic are aphids and scale.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#white flowers#low maintenance#winter interest#showy fruits#hedges#stream banks#thickets#glossy leaves#red fruits#rich soil#borders#screening#evergreen shrub#mid-summer flowers#border back#border middle#fall color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#white flowers#low maintenance#winter interest#showy fruits#hedges#stream banks#thickets#glossy leaves#red fruits#rich soil#borders#screening#evergreen shrub#mid-summer flowers#border back#border middle#fall color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Photinia
    Species:
    davidiana
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Vietnam, Malyasia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1/2" red fruit that persists into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/3 inch white flowers with five petals in small clusters 3"-4" wide from May-June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-3 inch long lustrous dark green leaves. Margins entire petiole dark green and grooved. New leaves have purplish-pink tones. Red fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Claw-like stipules where the petiole meets the stem
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Riparian
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen