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Photinia villosa

Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees


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 villosa

Deciduous shrub or tree from China, Korea, and Japan. Grows to 15 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide. Leaves are 1 1/2–3 in. long; they are pale gold with rosy tints when new, green when mature, bright red or yellow in fall. Flower clusters are 1–2 in. across; bright red berries.

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