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.