Fraser Photinia - Perfect Evergreen Shrub

Published: September 13, 2020

Fraser photinia is an evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers. One of the most ornamental elements of this plant is new burgundy-red foliage but it also looks spectacular during the blooming period when the small white flowers cover the whole crown. It can grow and spread to 5 meters depending on the growing conditions. The most used and famous cultivar is Photinia × fraseri ‘Red Robin’ which can be planted as a specimen shrub, hedge, in a container, or in any urban area.


Fraser photinia grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Dry wind and late frost can easily damage young shoots if they are exposed. Tolerates clay soil and air pollution so it is suitable for parking lots and any other urban areas.


Photinia × fraseri doesn't need a lot of maintenance, but you have to prune it if you want to keep the shape of the plant and to help it grow and spread better. Don't prune in the autumn because the early frost may damage exposed tissue.

Disease and pests

During cold and wet winters, Fraser photinia may develop leaf spot fungi and suffer from foliage loss. It manifests as purple-brown spotting on the foliage. To avoid this type of damage, plant in a sheltered spot preferably against a wall or fence. This is not a pest-free plant so make sure that you are taking good care of it and provide good growing conditions.

There is not any strict rule on how you should plant Fraser photinia, just be creative and plant it the way you think it will work for your garden. Take good care of your plants and they will reward you with beauty every year.