Photinia villosa
Common name: 
Oriental Photinia
fo-TIN-ee-a vil-LO-sa
Photinia villosa var. villosa
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub or small tree, to 15 ft (~5 m) tall, similar width.  Leaves alternate, simple, obovate to oblong-ovate, 3-8 cm long and 2-3 cm wide, tip acuminate, base wedge-shaped, margin finely serrate, 5-7 pairs of veins, bronze when young then dark green and glabrous (lacking hairs) above, long soft hairs below; petiole only 1-5 mm long; fall color may be orange to orange-red.  Flowers white, 1.2 cm across, in small, flat clusters.  Fruit ellipsoid, 8 mm long, bright red.
  • Sun to light shade, best on well-drained acid soil, minimal pruning required.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4   Native to Japan, Korean and China  Three varieties (var.) of this species are recognized: var. villosa, var. sinica, and var. glabricalycina.
  • CautionPhotinia villosa has escaped cultivation and is becoming increasingly invasive in northern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and parts of Virginia, New York and Connecticut.  However, it does not appear on any state or national invasive species lists.

  • villosa: Latin, softly hairy, young leaves and shoots
  • Salem, Oregon: Bush's Pasture Park
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • flower cluster and expanding leaf

    flower cluster and expanding leaf

  • flowers


  • leaf


  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • fruiting branches, fall

    fruiting branches, fall

  • leaves and fruit, fall

    leaves and fruit, fall