Properties of Photinia Red Robin Plants
- Photinia Red Robin hedging Plants, also known as Fraseri or Photinia Red Robin are fast growing Red & green evergreen hedge plant.
- They can grow up to 30cms per year.
- Red Robin are a spreading hedging plant with eye catching glossy red and green leaves.
- They make an ideal hedge but are also ideal to be used as a focal potted plant.
- They are evergreen and will hold their foilage and colour in Winter months.
- This makes them an ideal option for a garden hedge as a mature hedge offers security, shelter, privacy and noise reduction while maintaining a glossy green & red Winter appearance.
- Red Robins are hardy to -12C but will require protection from wind in their first year.
- Laurel Hedging , Box-Hedging and Portuguese Laurel are other examples of evergreen hedging.
The leaves are round in shape, with younger leaves being pointed at the tips, bright red and green in colour with bark stems.
Benefits of hedging to Biodiversity & Ecosystems
Planting a hedge of any type including Photinia Red Robin hedges in the garden is a great way to encourage biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. A hedge in the garden provides shelter, security and habitats for nesting birds, food for birds and insects and also acts as a network and mechanism for small animals to move around the garden and populate.
How & When to Plant your Photinia Red Robin Hedging Plants
- Red Robins are best planted from pots or a root ball in Ireland.
- Therefore, we grow the plants in pots initially, which can be planted out into the garden.
- Owing to the fact that the plants are grown in pots, they can be planted any time of the year, as the root system has been established in the pot.
- Potted plants are traditionally planted 12 inches apart to provide a fuller hedge in quicker time frame. These strong bushy plants are so full that they can be planted 18 inches or even 2 feet apart and still provide that bushy full hedge.
- If Red Robins are planted in a warm or dry period, they should be watered regularly to ensure growth.
Tips & Tricks for looking after your Photinia Red Robin Hedging Plants
- Photinia will grow well in shade or in full sun.
- They are ideal plants for most soil types and pH’s but do not like very wet ground.
- It is important to keep plants watered in the first year of growth.
- They are frost hardy and will survive in temps as low as -12C but should be protected from wind in the first year of growth. This can be done by erecting green wind break barrier.
- Photinia are fast growing and will take a trimming well.
- Trimming is usually done in late Spring or Summer when new growth appears on the hedge.
- Trimming encourages new bushy growth.
- When planting, make sure the area is clear of weeds to avoid competition for the plants.
- Dig a trench or hole deep enough to cover the roots.
- Remove the plant from the pot and place in the trench.
- Be careful not to damage the delicate root system.
- Break up the removed soil well to encourage aeration of the soil.
- Shovel back in this soil and walk in the plant well.
- Keep the plant well walked in for the coming weeks, especially after windy conditions.
After care for the Red Robin.
If planted in dry weather, red robin hedges should be watered regularly to ensure growth. Annual pruning and trimming of the hedges encourages growth and a bushy hedge. You can view how to prune your Photinia Red Robin Hedging plant Here.
Type: Moderately fast Growing
Soil: nutrient rich moist soil
Status: Hardy in cold weather,
Position: Sun or light shade
Flowering: Glossy red green evergreen leaves
Plants are 40-60 cms, are sold in 2L pots and can be planted all year round.