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Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin'

Other names

Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin', Photinia 'Little Red Robin'

Genus

Photinia Photinia

Variety or Cultivar

'Little Red Robin' _ 'Little Red Robin' is an compact, upright, dwarf evergreen shrub with glossy, elliptic leaves, bright red when young, dark green when mature, and panicles of small white flowers in spring, sometimes followed by red fruit.


Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Upright

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Red, Green in Summer; Green in Autumn; Green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Vine weevil Vine weevil

Fireblight , Leaf spot Fireblight , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Protect from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin'

Other names

Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin', Photinia 'Little Red Robin'

Genus

Photinia Photinia

Variety or Cultivar

'Little Red Robin' _ 'Little Red Robin' is an compact, upright, dwarf evergreen shrub with glossy, elliptic leaves, bright red when young, dark green when mature, and panicles of small white flowers in spring, sometimes followed by red fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Upright


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Red, Green in Summer; Green in Autumn; Green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Fireblight , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Protect from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin')

Common pest name

Cedar-Quince rust; Quince rust; Rust of apple; Rust of juniper; Rust of quince

Scientific pest name

Gymnosporangium clavipes

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU regulated rust disease which helps mitigate against introduction. A review of EU regulations will help to ensure that all hosts are regulated.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Photinia x fraseri 'Little Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Little Red Robin')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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