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

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'

Other names

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

Genus

Photinia Photinia

Species

P. x fraseri 'Red Robin' - P. x fraseri 'Red Robin' is an evergreen shrub with red leaves that turn green as they mature. Panicles of creamy-white flowers are produced in spring.


Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' is: Evergreen

Habit

Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Green, Red in Spring; 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 'Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Red Robin') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich, free-draining soil in full sun to partial shade.

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)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'

Other names

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

Genus

Photinia Photinia

Species

P. x fraseri 'Red Robin' - P. x fraseri 'Red Robin' is an evergreen shrub with red leaves that turn green as they mature. Panicles of creamy-white flowers are produced in spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Green, Red in Spring; 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 'Red Robin' (Christmas berry 'Red Robin') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich, free-draining soil in full sun to partial shade.

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)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

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