Red Tip Photinia (Photinia X fraseri)

Red Tip Photinia

Create a living privacy fence with a splash of color! Red Tip Photinia (Photinia X fraseri) produces leaves that are brilliant red at first and then turn deep green after several weeks. Red Tip Photinia is also known as Fraser’s Photinia or Red Top Photinia. The Photinia produces small white flowers in the spring that the bees will adore!

In spring, big umbles of lacy-looking white flowers become pretty pinkish-red berries in the fall. These are all nestled among the brilliant red spring new growth and shiny green leaves later in the season! Those gorgeous leaves keep their color year-round! Plant anywhere without worry these will wilt in the heat or get munched down by deer!

This evergreen shrub is a traditional hedge shrub in the southern United States. It’s not just heat and humidity tolerant, it’s also fast-growing and can be shaped and sheared formally or left to grow informally too! Thriving in USDA growing zones 7-9, these 12-15 foot high at maturity shrubs can be maintained at almost any height with ease!

Planting and Application:

Red Tip grows quickly into tall, dense hedges! If a formal hedge is desired, it can be sheared into a neat and tidy shape! Let grow to full height and in its natural shape for an informal screen. Tall enough growing at maturity that these dense shrubs can even be trained into a multi-trunk tree form as well for a unique accent, and are used as specimen trees by urban landscapers.!

Commercial landscapers frequently use Photinia in the South along highway medians because they can handle sunny sites. Plant a row along the hot, sunny side of your home’s foundation or as an incredibly vivid barrier along the backs of your garden beds, and as dense property division for private outdoor living without the neighbors seeing through.

  • Darling Pink Bell-Shaped Flowers
  • Unique Plump Pure White Berries
  • Compact Blue-Green Foliage
  • Delicate Fine Texture
  • Pollinator & Bird-Friendly Specimen, Hedge & 3-Season Interest

Tips for Care:

Red Tip is an impressive broadleaf-evergreen that can handle full sun and partial shade, plus this plant is extremely tough and vigorous and grows in almost any well-drained soil. Prune in the winter. Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Provide enough water to get new plants established as they need, but once they are, these are very low-maintenance Waterwise shrubs!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Almost Xeric – Low Moisture Once Established
  • Thrives in Most Conditions
  • Fast Growing Deer-Resistant Evergreen
  • Shear or Prune Late Winter or Early Spring

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

Red Tip Photinia (Photinia X fraseri) Details

Common name Red Tip Photinia
Botanical name Photinia X fraseri
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 7-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White
Leaf color Glossy