Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:22
For me...and seemingly for many others.....photinias are very fickle shrubs. Lovely when dense and in red leaf. They suddenly seem to become poorly, or get leggy or reluctant to shoot from lower down. I have just 2 now...Pink Lady and little red robin.
like Woody I cut back hard to try and rejuvenate Red Robin. It responded fairly well the following season but then died. It had another in front of a wall grown choisya and the contrast in colour....red leaves in front of masses of white flowers in spring.....was amazing. However, it too became ugly and undesirable.
Mark, you have nothing to lose by cutting it back as suggested but in all probability it will not grow back.