Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:54
Photinias are impossible to kill in my view. I've got one which has been severely cut back several times over the years and it just springs back into life and then needs to be taken back again. I find that if I leave it to go, it tries to turn itself into a tree, and although it has lots of leaves, they are all on the outside and nothing inside. All the dead leaves create a mess in my borders and create a great haven for slugs and snails. I normally take mine back in the early autumn which means that if it puts on any growth, it hardens up for winter, and I get the bright red leaves for the spring/early summer. Last year I reduced its height (about 18 foot) by half, and this year, I'll take it back even further (another 3 feet), as I want the main trunk back below fence height and try and get it back to more of a shrub.