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Photinia is the result, an excellent result, of a hybridization between Australia and Neozelanda, countries of which this plant can be said to be native. What we are dealing with, however, is the evergreen shrub with particularly thick foliage that makes up many hedges even around our country.
Grown as "single" or in battery of hedges, gives our eyes lanceolate leaves, group flowers and berries to keep children and animals away from: they are toxic. After all, nothing exotic or tropical, therefore, but a very widespread and very welcome plant, especially because with the minimum effort of a hedge it brings unexpected hints of color in gardens and rotunda, flower beds and green corners of many cities and "green areas" limited". Known the Photinia there are no excuses for the absence of public parks. It is in the garden.
Photinia Red Robin, the red hedge
The most popular of a plant that is already enjoying extraordinary success is the Photinia Red Robin. The "red" already betrays the reasons why this variety is the choice of many. In fact, it has very intense red leaves that make it more sought after when it comes to decorating flower beds or small corners of green set in traffic. They become green and red corners with this Photinia.
This evergreen shrub can reach 3-4 meters in height and if not pruned in an odd way it has a rounded shape, with thin, well-branched stems. The leaves, oval or lanceolate, as we have already said, they show off a bright red color when they sprout, then fade into the more banal dark green but in autumn and winter, surprisingly, the Photinia can assume orange shades. The berries arrive in summer and are also reddish, even toxic.
Besides the Red Robin, very common among the varieties is the Photinia x fraseri: beautiful are its white flowers in bunches, it is evergreen and even reaches 6 meters in height.
Photinia: the perfect hedge
Red Robin or not, the Photinia it is excellent for creating hedges. Not only for the effect it has once planted, but also for what it entails. In fact, among the various shrubs it is one of those that does not show crop problems, it is always vigorous and of rich foliage.
The spring red touch, especially on the tips, make the Photinia recognizable, much more than the flowers that appear in spring, like an umbrella. They are scented but not very visible. Generally, it performs well when grown alone, a Photinia, but most of the time, at least in Italy, it is found forming green walls. Dense and dense.
There Photinia is an easy to grow shrub and to get a perfect hedge there are few efforts to make, no green thumb is required to have its red explosive. None of the varieties is demanding, all of them, once planted, generally give us no worries.
Of course, we cannot give a damn about it, and a minimum of care and attention concerns the type of soil: the Photinia it requires that the substratum is very well drained, completely devoid of water stagnations which seriously damage the roots. When we plant a plant or better if we work the soil enriching it with fresh soil and manure. We can also add sand or pumice stone: it is a way to improve drainage by increasing the porosity of the soil.
Before taking care of the terrain, the location: whether it is a sunny place, or even semi - shaded. Even if the Photinia it is not very sensitive to cold or heat, just do not go to -10 degrees, it is good that it is in a place with a temperate climate, it does not matter if it is polluted, it does not suffer - lucky you - dust and pollution.
From place to time: autumn is the best time for planting so that you can also count on a hedge that is already well developed from the first growing season. For watering, the Young photinie sporadically from March to October, then the rains can be trusted unless there are periods of extreme drought.
Just after the flowering period, there is that of pruning for the Photinia which will be deprived of the longer ramifications but all for its benefit. To keep the hair dense and well branched even at the bottom as well as create a rounded and pleasant shape or other shapes to our liking.
In general, you can then prune when there is a need, to maintain the young plant or to "sculpt" it or simply to keep it tidy and favor the growth of the leaves. When young, the plant must undergo a bit decisive pruning: at least 1/3 both in height and laterally, then maintenance or creative interventions are sufficient, if we feel like it.
Resistant and courageous, the Photinia is a plant that is rarely a victim of insects or cryptogams, those who take it out on her are the aphids and if it happens it is necessary to intervene with an insecticide or a systemic product, but not if it is blooming.
Another enemy of this shrub is the infestation of scale insects, more likely if we have planted there Photinia in areas with little sun, these are rare and non-fatal events, just use a systemic insecticide and mineral oil. In spring, the "leaf spot of photinia", A disease linked to theEntomosporium maculatum and which creates greyish spots on the red of the leaves. It is more common in nurseries but if it happens to us with ours Photinia from home we remove during the winter the fallen leaves on the ground who are "sick" and infect the others. Then the danger has escaped, the red becomes full red.
There Photinia nana it is an ideal evergreen for creating borders and low hedges, patches of color and bushes. Like its bigger sisters, in size, it has leaves that lend themselves well to decorative use, from bright green to intense red. There dwarf obviously has a particularly slow growth and remains compact, it produces flowers in spring but not very showy being particularly small. Love i temperate climates, it wants to be where it is well lit and never below -10 degrees. I understand her!
Other rarer varieties of Photinia I'm there P. Villosa, with pinkish white flowers, native to China and Japan and deciduous, the P. serratifolia, with 20 cm long dark green leaves, cream-colored flowers, evergreen, the P. Davidiana with strangely single flowers, from Vietnam and evergreen. From China the Photinia Beauverdiana it has elliptical and very toothed leaves, blooms in late spring, white, and is deciduous.
Photinia: price and where to buy it
It is simple and practical to buy one Photinia plant, with about ten euros it's done. And we have ours Red Robin with which to insert a touch of red with very little effort. It is a moment and we already have bright red young shoots in the garden, and then flowering in April-May in a creamy white color.
A 18cm diameter vase with Red Robin to buy online, when it arrives let's put it in a sunny or semi-sunny position and let's love it by giving it a look every now and then. The neighbor will be envious, oblivious to how easy it was to get a hedge shine.
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