- 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.
Caution: Photinia 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