Photinia

Photinia is a relatively common evergreen or deciduous shrub which is known in some variants for producing red coloured foliage on new shoots. They also produce white flowers which appear in Spring.

The shrubs grow best in full sun or part shade, and like any soil except that which is chalky. They can also cope with exposed or sheltered positions, however any late frosts which appear while the new tender foliage is growing can blacken the new leaves, therefore some shelter is recommended.

Left to grow, they can grow to four metres high and wide though pruning once the new foliage has changed to green is relatively simple.

One problem with some evergreen Photinia varieties is that they drop leaves fairly regularly through the year. These should be collected during the heaviest periods as they are tough and take some time to break down which could be problematic for lawns and smaller plants.