Photinia: planting, pruning and care

Author: Aude Godfryd

Photinia requires little maintenance.

This shrub has two functions: to decorate the garden during the seasons and to increase privacy from neighbors and passers-by.

THE photinia could be described as a two-tone private hedge that borders a garden or covers a flower pot.

What are the characteristics of photinia?

From the Rosaceae family, photinia is a semi-hardy or hardy ornamental shrub native to Asia. If it is not regularly pruned, it can reach up to ten meters, but on average it reaches 3 meters in height and 2 meters in width. It is prized for its evergreen or deciduous leaves depending on the species, oblong, serrated and glossy, the color of which changes with the season, oscillating between coppery yellow and green, passing through red, complemented by white flowers in the flowering period, in spring, then replaced by red or blue berries. This bushy hedge allows for privacy from neighbors or onlookers on the other side of the property.

Where and when to plant photinia?

To ensure optimal growth for photinia, regardless of region and climate, the two conditions that must be respected will be a low-lime, rich, drained soil combined with exposure to sun or partial shade. For the long life of your planting, avoid strong winds and planting during frost.
When planting, you can first add suitable soil and water once or twice a week to stimulate growth.
In order for its roots to have enough space as well as its leaves to develop when planted, the recommended distance between two photinias is approximately one meter for the hedge function and two meters for the flower bed function.

How to care for photinia?

This tufted plant grows moderately. Its advantage is that it does not require special care for its maintenance.
To keep it growing in fresh soil, mulching around the base of the photinia can be a practical solution. You can also apply a natural fertilizer suitable for this species once a year – especially in the spring when the plants are growing again.
However, it is preferable that it does not develop in an environment that is too humid.

When and how to prune photinia?

After flowering is complete, between June and July, depending on the weather, pruning can be done to allow photinia leaves to regrow until late summer or early fall.

On an aesthetic level, you can make a final pass so that the branches are the same length.

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