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Photinia serratifolia

Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries


Related to hawthorn (Crataegus) and pyracantha. Densely foliaged plants with elliptical to oval leaves and bright-colored new growth that matures to dark green. In early spring, all bear flattish clusters of small white flowers. In most types, blossoms are followed in fall by red or black berries that may last into winter.

Evergreen species may suffer considerable damage if temperatures remain below 10°F/–12°C for prolonged periods. Good for screen and background plantings. Tip-pinch plants to encourage colorful new growth. Prune to shape before spring growth begins or after bloom; don’t allow new growth to get away from you and make long, bare switches.

Many photinias can be converted to small trees by limbing up; or they can be trained as trees from the beginning. Berries are attractive to birds. All photinias are susceptible to fireblight; all but P. x fraseri are subject to powdery mildew.

Photinia serratifolia

Evergreen shrub or tree from China. Broad, dense grower; can reach 30 ft. tall and wide but is easily held to one-third that size. Stiff leaves to 8 in. long are prickly along the edges. Bright copper new growth; scattered crimson leaves in fall, winter. Flower clusters to 6 in. across. Bright red berries often last until winter.

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