Photinia Red Robin is
grown for the spectacular new red
foliage. Pruning throughout the year
helps to encourage this spectacular
foliage. Prune back quite hard after
the foliage has faded to a dull
bronze. This will ensure a further
'crop' of new growth. As with other
evergreens, it is best to prune
Photinia Red Robin in the growing,
and not dormant, seasons.
You can prune
Photinia red Robin into a formal
shape if desired. For this reason it
can make a superb - colourful -
quite quick growing once established, and
may need to be pruned back hard if growing
out of control.
As with most evergreen
shrubs, the best time to Prune Photinia Red
Robin is at the start of the growing season
- late March/early April in UK. It will soon
re-grow, and then can be kept under control
by pruning as and when required - above.
Photinia Red Robin - When to prune and How to Prune
Red Robin, showing the bright new red shoots in
spring/early summer. A further flush of red
growths can be persuaded to shoot out, either by
cutting back hard or by light prune with shears.
When doing this type of pruning, remember that you
are taking a lot of growth from the shrub, so help
the Photinia to put on a colourful display for you
after pruning, by giving a feed of Fish Blood &
Bone or other general fertilizer.
If grown as a hedge, then prune as
required - either with electric hedge shears or any normal pruning aid.
Lack of regular pruning can persuade the Red Robin to
flower. Quite attractive if seen in masses. This shrub is not seen in
flower too often, mainly because of the regular pruning that it gets.
However, if you have space, then lay off the pruning for a whole year
and you will probably be rewarded by a good show of flower trusses atop