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Photinia serrulata

The Photinia serrulata is garden plant par excellence: it’s gorgeous to which you can give way to hedge, tree or tree, and you can have both a container decorating the yard and ashore. As if that were not enough, it resists frost and produces truly decorative flowers.

But… do you know how to take care of it? If you have doubts, don’t stop reading .

Origin and characteristics

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Our protagonist is an evergreen tree native to Japan, China and Formosa whose scientific name is Photinia serrulata (the former, Photinia serratifolia, is also still used ). It is popularly known as fotinia, and it is a plant that reaches a height of 10 meters, but the normal thing is that it stays at 2 to 4m.

Its trunk is erect, with a certain tendency to lean, and its withers are low, which means that it branches from very low. The leaves are alternate, simple, oblong or oval, with a serrated edge, pointed at a point, and 10-18cm long. They are green, except when they are new which are red.

The flowers are hermaphroditic, white, 6-10mm wide, and appear grouped in inflorescences in the shape of spikes 10-16cm wide. It blooms in spring. The fruits are globose, measure about 6mm in diameter and are red.

What are their cares?

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If you want to have a specimen of Photinia serrulata, we recommend providing the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Earth: grows on all types of soils, preferring those with good drainage. In a pot it is advisable to put a first layer of volcanic clay, perlite or similar and then fill it with universal cultivation substrate.
  • Irrigation: 3 or 4 times a week in summer, and 2 times/ week the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: it is advisable to pay in spring and summer with organic fertilizers, once every 15 or 30 days.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and cuttings in late winter.
  • Pruning: late winter. Diseased, weak, or broken branches should be removed, and those that are experiencing excessive growth should be trimmed.
  • Rusticity: it resists cold and frost down to -18ºC.

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