Photinia x fraseri

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

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Taxonomy (2,4)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Common name: Red Tip

General Information (2,3,4,5)

USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Growth Habit: Shrub

  • Size: 10-12 feet tall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Flowering: Spring
  • Fruiting: Summer

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (4)

  • Arrangement: Alternate
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Oval
  • Other: New growth is red, 3-5.5 inches long, finely serrate

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

Stem/Bark (3)

  • Color: Blackish
  • Texture: Exfoliating

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

Flower (3,4)

  • Perfect/Imperfect: Perfect
  • Color: White
  • Size: 5-7 inches
  • Inflorescence type: Corymbose panicle

Fruit (3,4)

  • Fruit type: Pome
  • Size: 1/4 inch
  • Color: Red

Horticultural Information (1,2,3,4)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • pH: 5.6-6.5
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Hedges or barriers

Interesting Facts (2)

  • These plants are susceptible to Entomosporium, a fungus which causes leaf spot. This causes some gardens centers to not sell this plant.


1) Empire National Nursery. Red-Tip Photinia Flowering Shrubs and Nursery Tree Seedlings. (1997)
2) Dave’s Garden. Copyright 2000-2013Dave’s garden, an Internet Brands company.
3) Dirr, M. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental, Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. 4th Ed. (1975). Stipes Publishing Company.
4) Scheper, J. (1996). Floridata.
5) Slater, R. Russ, K. Blake, J. Clemson University Cooperative Extension. (2007).

Prepared by Heather Castleberry as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek