PHOTINIA ROBUSTA (Photinia x fraseri)

The white-flowering small bushes at the top of my steep road are in flower at the moment.

Although I’ve made the occasional photo at their varying stages of growth, it wasn’t until last week that I saw a plant label attached to one of them and was able to identify it.

I know little about common garden plants and have always had to rely on Mr Google images or my 2 Australian Plant Encyclopaedias to identify anything.  I even keep the plant labels of the potted plants I buy for my balcony garden as I forget the Botanical names almost as soon as I plant them.-

Photinia Robusta (Photinia x fraseri) is a spectacular fast growing dense evergreen shrub.

Dark glossy green leaves with brilliant red new growth and clusters of dainty white flowers in Spring make this an attractive hedge plant, and clipping throughout the year will flush on new growth to repeat the bright show of colour. It can be kept clipped to around 1.5 m tall and wide.

They are suitable for a full sun to part shade position, frost tolerant and requires little water once established.

There are about 4 plants in a row in front of a green-painted power junction box (which feeds this housing estate I suppose – I’m guessing).  The 2 images below were made late afternoon with the power box between the sun and the plants, throwing them into deep shade quite early in the afternoon.

I love the glossy red leaves that contrast so vividly with the green.  Even the tight flower buds are attractive in their own way.

11 thoughts on “PHOTINIA ROBUSTA (Photinia x fraseri)

    1. I have to admit I’m not familiar with pears, Terry. I dare say my younger brother is though – he has some 50 fruit tree varieties in his orchard (including heirloom ones).

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    1. I’m not sure, Anne. Since I’m allergic to so many perfumes (and chemicals), roses are about the only flower I really take the time to smell 🙂


  1. This is one of the most common landscape hedges across the US. It’s everywhere around here, and I certainly know when it’s blooming. I’m not aware of much of a fragrance, but when I start sneezing like crazy in spring, the photinia’s one suspect I look for. It is pretty when it begins putting on those red leaves, although down here it’s subject to a variety of diseases. I’m not sure what they are — I just know that the leaves often get black spots on them.

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    1. How interesting to hear its so common in the U.S. I don’t think I’ve ever seen black spots of any of the bushes I’ve seen here, Linda.

      We have very strict laws on taking fruit or plants between states here in Australia, probably to reduce the risk of fruit fly transferring from commercial orchards (let alone the strict customs on importing plants, bark etc in the luggage of travellers in and out of Australia at the airports).

      My memory it intermittent, but I vaguely remember that my Mother might have grown it in our first family home. I don’t think I’ve even seen it as a young plant with such bright reddish/pink new leaves as the 4 plants at the top of my road. The more I think about it, the more I realise I have seen it many times as a hedge in the past. Perhaps more in old residential gardens, not newer modern townhouses or housing estates (like mine). I’ve had trouble with my memory for more than 20 years now and it contributed to my having to quit working. I remember the weirdest small details from many years ago, but not the name of the movie I watched last night on TV for example.


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