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Fraser Photinia Photinia x fraseri

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Phonetic Spelling
foh-TIN-nee-uh FRAH-zare-ee
Description

Fraser's Photinia is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 20' tall. This plant blooms in mid-spring, after P. serratifolia and before P. glabra. This plant is also intermediate in size between the two. Fraser Photinia's fetid blooms are offensive to many people. New foliage is a colorful reddish-bronze, and reddish buds are visible most of the year. This plant is alkaline tolerant, and drought and salt spray tolerant. It is intolerant of wet conditions and has pest and disease problems.

Form: Upright; slightly rounded; oval

 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are alternate, coriaceous, and obovate
  • Leaves are reddish when young
  • Leaves have 10-18 pairs of lateral veins
See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pink Marble'
  • 'Red Tip'
'Pink Marble', 'Red Tip'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#white flowers#red leaves#showy leaves#playground#hedges#children's garden#alkaline soil tolerant#screening#fantz#pomes#malodorus#border back
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pink Marble'
  • 'Red Tip'
'Pink Marble', 'Red Tip'
Tags:
#white#evergreen#white flowers#red leaves#showy leaves#playground#hedges#children's garden#alkaline soil tolerant#screening#fantz#pomes#malodorus#border back
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Photinia
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South China
    Play Value:
    Screening
    Shade
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are globose berry-like pomes that are red and less than an inch in size.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white, foetid, and less than an inch in size. Inflorescence is a terminal cyme that is 5-6" across.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Lustrous, dark green leaves; 2.7-4 in. long; copper-red new growth Leaves are alternate, simple, obovate, 3-4" long, 1-2" wide, serrulate, coriaceous, with 10-18 pairs of parallel leaf veins.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are stout and greenish brown in color.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen