Photinia × fraseri
fo-TIN-ee-a × FRAY-zer-i
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m), very upright, often pruned or hedged which encourages basal branching. Leaves alternate, simple, are initially brilliant red (or orange-coppery) but fade to a deep glossy green in 2-4 weeks, elliptic to obovate, 7-9 cm long, finely serrate, upperside of petiole pubescent when young. Flowers small, white, in umbellate clusters 10-12 cm wide. Usually few or no fruit (red) produced.
- Sun to part shade, may show nitrogen stress with off-color (yellowish) foliage. Generally a tough plant. Some think it is overused. Susceptible to a fungal leaf spot caused by Entomosporium maculatum. The disease can cause severe defoliation and death of plants and has greatly reduced the use of P. × fraseri (i.e., "red tip") in parts of the US.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Developed at Fraser Nurseries in Birmingham, Alabama; a cross of P. serrulata (seed parent) and P. glabra, this is the cultivar ‘Birmingham’. Several other cultivars available, including a variegated form named Photinia × fraseri Pink Marble™, cultivar name 'Cassini'.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: west side of Gilbert Hall.