Sunday, 19 April 2009

Ain't Spring Grand!

This beautiful specimen is from my garden and looks stunning at the moment. I found out some information on it from the BBC Website:

Common Name: Christmas berry
Genus: PhotiniaSpecies: x fraseri
Cultivar: 'Red Robin'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Height: 400cmSpread: 400cm
Flowering period: April to May

Photinia, or Christmas berry, is a genus of Asian and North American shrubs, which includes a group of evergreen hybrids grown specifically for their colourful young foliage. Most are forms of the garden hybrid P. x fraseri, with glossy dark green adult foliage, and variable red tinted young leaves, especially as they just unfold. 'Red Robin' is one, a choice form with eye-catching juvenile growth the colour of sealing wax, similar to a pieris. This is sometimes caught by late spring frosts, and some shelter is advisable. Plants enjoy a sunny or partially shaded position in moist but well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given its prestigious Award of Garden Merit(AGM) to this plant.Looks good with:Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl'Forsythia x intermedia 'Spectabilis'


Gill said...

It's a lovely plant isn't it! We have a smaller one here but it looks great at this time of year with the new leaves!

Kitty Ballistic said...

I have one too, and it's getting a bit big for our front garden, but I can't bring myself to prune it because it looks so pretty.