Red Tip PhotiniaPhotinia x fraseri 'Red Tip'
Red Tip Photinia has long been a traditional hedge in the American south. Its young bright red foliage gives it its distinctive characteristic. As it matures it passes through shades of reddish-copper eventually maturing to a rich dark green. The shrub typically grows 10 to 12 feet tall and may reach 15 feet in some cases. Small white flowers (5 to 7 inches) appear in spring arranged in flat-domed clusters. They have an odor of hawthorne, which some people find objectionable. They are handsome and contrast nicely with the new bronzy-red young leaves (as the flowers open, the leaves turn green).
Use and Management
Extremely tough and vigorous, red tip grows in almost any adequately drained soil. It is not salt tolerant, but withstands intense heat. It needs some winter weather, and does not thrive in tropical conditions. It may be pruned to shape and control size anytime in spring or summer.
Red tip Photinia is used to create tall hedges. Dense growth allows these to serve as effective barriers that are beautiful and functional. Red tip hedges can be left unpruned for the “natural” look. They retain foliage to the ground and never become leggy. Red tip also tolerates shearing and can be trained into large formal hedges as well. Planted in a mix shrub border, the red tip adds considerable interest with its contrasting red, bronze and green foliage. By pruning lower branches, individual shrubs can be trained into small trees.
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