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Photinia red robin

Photinia red robin origins and characteristics

Photinia red robin is part of the rosaceae family and is actually a variety of the common photinia, born from the hybridization between Japanese photinia glabra and Chinese photinia serrulata. From the East from which it comes, the red robin has then spread everywhere: it can be shrub or tree, so it can be used to create bushes or hedges up to four meters high, or to have a graceful tree that can reach up to ten meters high. The stems are thin and very branched, while the leaves are oval and pointed, red at birth and then a very intense green, although often in winter they turn red or orange again. In spring the red robin produces pretty white and fragrant flowers, while in summer red berries sprout,

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photinia red robin” width=”745″ height=”559″ longdesc=”/giardino/piante-da-giardino/photinia-red-robin-.asp”>The photinia red robinit should be planted in a sunny place or in partial shade; this species prefers the mild climate, however it does not fear neither the cold nor the heat. For this reason, and also because it resists pollution and bad weather very well, it is widely used as street furniture, both along the streets and in parks. Autumn is the ideal time to plant the red robin, so by spring it can already produce its beautiful flowers. If it is planted on the ground, however, the soil must first be prepared, using well-mixed soil and manure, which will help moisturize the roots and provide the plant with the substances necessary for full rooting. If desired, however, the bush red robin can also be a beautiful pot specimen: in this case, remember to water it well during the first months after planting.

Photinia red robin hedge


Thanks to the splendid color of its leaves, delicate flowers and decorative berries, the photinia red robin is very suitable for creating hedges. You will get a thick, compact, tall and ornamental barrier all year round. But to do things right you have to follow a precise procedure: you have to dig a hole along the entire perimeter where we intend to build the hedge; then you have to fill this hole with a layer of gravel so that the plants have a good base for proper water drainage. Above it is necessary to put a soil rich in humus and a little manure and above another layer of earth where the plant will be placed. The base will then be covered with soil and a small basin must be formed so that the water does not flow away during the first irrigations, which are essential for the plant to take root.

Photinia red robin cure


The young specimens of the photinia red robin should be watered abundantly from March to October, but not too frequently; the older specimens, on the other hand, resist drought well and, especially in winter, are satisfied with rainwater. At the end of the cold season, remember to put organic fertilizer or slow release fertilizer at the base of the plant; the red robin develops well in any type of soil, but it is preferable to choose a soft and rich one. The propagation of photinia occurs by semi-woody cutting to be removed in summer and then placed in a soil composed of peat and sand in equal parts. The red robin is often subject to attacks by aphids, which tend to strike above all the new shoots; poor soil drainage is instead responsible for root rot and plant decay, so you need to pay close attention to irrigation. Finally, you need to know that all parts of the photinia contain a toxic substance, so you need to keep children and animals away from it.

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