Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'

Christmas berry

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers



Skill level


Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'

Plant details

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 Photinia x fraseri, with glossy dark green adult foliage, and variable red tinted young leaves, especially as they just unfold. 

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' is a choice photinia, 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 it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit(AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Photinia

Species: x fraseri

Cultivar: Red Robin

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

Flowering period: April to May

Reader reviews


My plant looks like it might be dying, it looks wilted and weak. what can I do to restore it, does it need a special soil perhaps?

Thanks Sherry


I would love to know how to take cuttings from my red robin which I love and would like to add more around my garden. Can you help?


i have four red robins in my garden, they all have large black spots on the leaves which are also dropping off could you tell me what could be causing this? Is it some kind of blight?


Very useful


my red robin, has no leaves in the middle of the tree and seems to be struggling , after being fairly succesfull in growth it is starting to shed all its leaves, advise would be most welcome, thanks. bruce.


We are going to try using ours as a hedge or windbreak, but would hate to kill it or lose it to heavy winds. Any advice would be helpful.


my red robin has wilted and the leaves turned brown.
What can I do?


I have several Red Robins that have been planted to create a hedge. Some have had black spots on the leaves and have looked wilted (even when there has been plenty of rain). Is there anything I should do? Also, in order to help thicken it out to create the hedge when should prune?


ref gouldi 8:47pm on 24 April 2009;

My plant is the same leaves wilting and turned brown . What might be the problem ?
Also what is the remedy?


I love them. I have got three in my garden.


how often should you feed a young plant.

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