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Photinia serrulata /Chinese Photinia

Photinia serrulata  / Photinia serrulata
A large mature specimen in full flower in spring
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A large mature specimen in full flower in spring

Winter berries

Close-up image of foliage showing the tiny spines along the margins of the leaves

Flower buds just before opening

Clusters of foliage on the tips of branches

A dense panicle of flowers in early spring

A section of a large shrub in flower showing some two year old red leaves

Young spring foliage

A canopy in full bloom

Flowers and a few of last year's berries

A large mature shrub in full bloom

Heavy cluster of berries

Mature plants pruned into tree forms

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Scientific Name: Photinia serrulata
Common Name: Chinese Photinia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Introduced from China this photinia has a broad oval form with several stems branching near the ground. It has bold, glossy, dark green leaves which are think and leathery. In spring it has large, dense clusters of white flowers which are followed by bright red berries in summer and fall. Some birds are attracted to the seeds. Leaf spot is less sever on this species.