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Fast Growing, Colorful Red Tip Photinia

  • Fast Growing Evergreen Shrub
  • Brilliant Red Foliage
  • Popular Living Fence
  • Thrives in Most Conditions
  • Can Be Pruned into a Beautiful Flowering Tree

Red Tip Photinia (Photinia X fraseri) is an incredibly popular large living fence. It produces leaves that are bright red at first then turn deep green after several weeks. This hardworking evergreen screening shrub offers really pretty features and an easy going character.

It features a white flower display in early spring, followed by striking red new spring growth for a big splash of color. Even in summer, the foliage delivers dense screening. Red Tip Photinia's usefulness and beauty have made it one of the most popular screening plants offered.

Spring begins with a dynamic display of flower clusters that cover the entire plant. Next, brilliant red foliage emerges. This display of red is stunning and lasts for weeks into the late spring and early summer.

Gradually the red foliage gives way to a deep rich green leaf but never quite loses the red tint entirely. Another mid-summer display can be had with a light pruning, which will result in repeat of the showy red foliage.

These ornamental features are what has propelled the Red Tip Photinia to the top of the list of screen plants in the southern and western United States.

Use this to naturally augment the height of your fence and gain a beautiful sense of privacy. While you can prune Red Tip Photinia, many people choose to allow it to reach its full height and width. Plan for the mature size to keep life simple, easy and breezy.

Gain additional privacy without losing space in your back yard. The evergreen foliage will provide year-round privacy in a typical suburban backyard.

Order enough to complete your entire project today. We regularly go out of stock on this best-seller, so please don't miss your chance to order direct from our expert growing facilities. Order yours today!

How to Use Red Tip Photinia in the Landscape

Red Tip Photinia is extremely versatile, which makes it such a valuable landscape plant. Use them as either large shrubs or small trees. They make a great short or tall, dense hedge, a formal or informal accent tree or is great for borders or to naturalize in your garden.

Maintain it as a low border plant at less than 3 feet or allow it to grow naturally into a tall screening plant.

You can keep Red Tip Photinias in large patio containers. Try rounded topiary treatments or remove the lowest branches all the way back to establish a multi-stemmed small tree. Young Photinias can be trained back to a central leader as a single-trunked tree.

However you use them, plan to give Red Tip Photinia full sun for healthy plants. Commercial landscapers frequently use them along highway medians and in parking strips because they can handle the challenges of adverse city climate conditions. Tough, pretty plants? No wonder people love them.

Prune in the winter to add to the spring red foliage display - or leave alone and enjoy the clouds of small white flowers in spring. The choice is yours!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Tough, vigorous Red Tip Photinia is also known as Fraser's Photinia or Red Top Photinia. Beloved throughout Zones 7 - 9, this is a plant that grows well in almost any well-drained soil.

This plant is extremely durable and vigorous. When cutting back hard in the late winter, the blooms are eliminated. However, hard winter pruning just adds to the intensity and the duration of the brilliant red spring foliage display.

Although the Photinia can tolerate some partial shade, the best results are achieved in full sun with good drainage. Once established, this plant is quite drought tolerant.

It does require good air circulation, so plant it at least 7 feet away from fences or buildings. This will give you enough room to access the fence even after the plants reach their mature size.

In areas that have high humidity and excessive moist conditions, plan to spray an organic fungicide at first sign of leaf spot or leaf drop.

Feed with a Dr. Earth Life Organic and Natural All-Purpose Fertilizer in the fall to ensure a dramatic display of red new growth begins in spring.

For a fast-growing privacy shrub that offers spring flowers and a splash of vibrant red color, you need the Red Tip Photinia. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Red Tip Photinia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Botanical Name Photinia X fraseri
Mature Height 12 -15 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color Red and Green