Red Robin Photinia
A very popular evergreen tree, the Red Robin tree (Photinia x fraserii 'Red Robin') provides all year round colour, it is brilliant red, glossy young leaves are a of real appeal. Dainty white flowers in spring are on occasion, followed by spherical red fruit. This is a small tree which makes it very suitable for a small garden. We have found this tree to be quite hardy, although it is best to avoid really frosty positions if possible e.g. bottom of a valley, back of a walk in freezer.
Expect a dense and upright habit if left untrimmed. In non gardening terms this means it is a narrow and quite columnar. The Photinia Red Robin is very good for topiary and other ornamental uses.
Red Robin trees can and should be pruned hard at any time without damage as they are considered the Rambo equivalent of trees. This is one of the reasons why it has been awarded the RHS Award Of Garden Merit. We strongly advise you to prune hard for at least the next couple of seasons to force your Red Robin to bush out even more.
You can also plant Photinia Red Robin in containers so enabling you to move the tree to your hearts content. Remember that if the pot is too small it will restrict the size of the tree and will require feeding and watering more often than if it was in the ground. Our rule of thumb is the bigger the pot, the less risk you have of damaging or killing the tree.
A small tree so expect a height of up to 4 metres (13 foot) after 10 years.
Best Place To Plant Photinia Red Robin
Full sun and sheltered with moist but free draining soil. If you have clay, mix with 50% well rotted manure or compost.
PLEASE NOTE ONLY THE 7 LITRE PHOTINIA RED ROBIN ARE SUITABLE FOR HEDGING.
The 7 Litre Photinia Red Robin are a feathered tree. This means they have branches starting very low down and are more suitable for hedging as they will grow and knit together. You can prune the 7 Litre to be an "ornamental lollipop" shape by trimming the lower branches off but not the other way round i.e. Lollipop to feathered (unless you want to superglue branches back on but growth rates for those are not great). They are 2-3 years old and will be around 150cm or more from the top of the pot to the top of the tree.
10-20L RED ROBIN TREES
These have been pruned to have clear stem and lollipop shaped which makes them very ornamental. You see this sort of pruning and shaping outside hotels and many ornamental gardens. Throughout the year, we have different options available and are explained as follows:
7 Litre :Feathered (branches start very low down on the tree). Supplied in a 7 Litre pot, 2-3 years old, no clear stem, approx 150cm+ tall, Pruned very hard to force them to bush out.
12L Quarter Standard :Supplied in a 12 Litre pot, 2-3 years old, approx 90+ cm clear stem, tree is around 150cm or more tall.
12 Litre : Supplied in a 12 Litre pot, 3-4 years old, approx 130-150cm clear stem, tree is around 150-220cm tall. Shaped as a Half Standard.
15 Litre : Supplied in a 15 to 20L pot, 4-5 years old, approx 160-180cm clear stem, tree is around 200-250cm tall. Shaped as a Half Standard.
If the list of options above do not show the one you are looking for, that is because we are currently out of stock, not ready yet or the apprentice has made a mistake when listing them!
Half Standard and Quarter Standard Explained
Half Standard refers to how the tree has been pruned and shaped. It means that the lower branches have been cut off to give the tree a rounded look like a lollipop. Quarter Standard means less of the lower branches have been cut off giving you less of a clear trunk.
Photinia Red Robing Planting Spacing
If planting Photinia Red Robin as a hedge then spacing will depend on how quickly you want the trees to knit together. 3 per metre is a general guideline and these should start to knit together after the first season depending on local conditions. The further apart you plant, the longer you need to wait for it to look like a thick and bushy Red Robin Hedge.
The quickest and easiest answer to the question of "how many Red Robin Half Standard trees do I need" is 1 every 4 metres because this is how wide they get at maturity. So if you are planting them as an avenue of trees or Specimen trees then 4+ metre spacing is ideal. However, a lot of people are buying these for privacy screening and do not want to wait for the trees to bush out before blocking out the neighbours, Nosey Norman, his wife Gossiping Gale and the screaming snot nosed twins. The best way forward is to plant at smaller distances and this will be determined usually by your budget. You could plant as little as 1m apart and have the branches start knitting together very quickly.
Photina Red Robin Container Or Pot Sizing
The considerations that guide pot sizes are water, nutrition, drainage, wind and mobility with a general rule of thumb of bigger is better. Ask two different experts on pot sizes and get four different opinions so expect some frustration and be left to work it out on your own. For a mature Red Robin at around 4m tall consider a pot around 150 litres or more HOWEVER, if they are taller than 4m or you live in a windy area then get a bigger pot (the wind blows them over easier). If you are a bit naff when it comes to garden care get a larger pot as they take more time to dry out and need feeding less often. If you want to move your trees then it will probably take 2 people to move a 150 litre pot so go smaller but you will need to feed and water more often. See what we mean? For sure, repot the trees we send you to the next size up before next Spring, usually a 20-30L.
Photinia Red Robin Leaf Spot (dark brown spots on leaves)
Leaf spot for Red Robin is not something to panic about and is caused by wet conditions and the weather. While the plant is younger and getting established it may be more prone to leaf spot and is it matures, the resistance to leaf spot increases. Once you have leaf spot the only action is preventative. Remove the affected leaves although they will probably fall themselves in Spring, collect and burn or dispose of appropriately.
A general tree feed in Spring will help strengthen the tree and keep the surrounding area free of excess water will help e.g keeping the grass short, plant in full sun position, prune to allow maximum light and air into the canopy. If you have a clay soil consider digging up and mixing the removed earth with 50% compost or well rotted manure and replant. Some form of wind break to keep high winds off would be beneficial. Hardy of frost down to -8 degrees centigrade although prolonged frosts may give leave spot a way into the tree.
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What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Red Robin Photinia Tree
April 2018: Hi Alan, Just to let you know that the Photinia trees arrived this morning so thank you so so much for turning them around so quickly, it’s much appreciated. Best wishes H. Brooks
August 2017: Dear Senior Dogsbody, Thank you VERY much for your encouraging email. We now have on standby a witch doctor from the jungles of Borneo who is ready to shake the bones over the plants when they arrive and cleanse the ground of evil spirits and slugs where they are to be planted. So coupled with your gypsy spell these should have the perfect start and should be 20 feet tall no time! Thank you once again for your excellent customer service and may I take this opportunity to be the first to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Kind Regards Jane Greenaway
Hi Alan, just incase you didn't get my phone message, I just wanted to let you know that the tree arrived safe and sound, we will be planting it later today so hope fully all will be well and we will have a nice tree to match the others. Thank you for a great service. Kind regards Beryl Luvk
November 2016: Dear sirs, Many thanks for your very prompt delivery of my Photinia Red Robin trees. Excellent service/excellent specimens! Stephen.
August 2016 Hi Alan: The tree (Photinia Red Robin) arrived a week or so ago - and very nice it is, too. Kind regards Stuart Church
Hi Alan, Yes all (Photinia Red Robin Trees) received, very pleased indeed. Well worth the wait. She has settled into her new home down the side fence very well :) Thank you very much Ben
June 2016 "I am not sure I was the easiest client as I needed lollipop standards not just of similar height but all of a specific height and delivered when I could be there. The Red Robin trees are of lovely quality; all look the same; and are the right height. Which is a pretty perfect service in itself but add in the unexpected dollop of humour and the service moves to the exceptional. G Hall."
March 2016: Alan, Thank you.Trees (Photinia Red Robin) arrived safely and just what we wanted. Hope they do as well as previous orders. Best wishes, Alan Thorp
October 2015: Photinia Red Robin trees are great, thank you, very impressed with the quality and perfect for what I need them for.
Hi Alan, Thanks for your email. The Photinia Red Robin trees have arrived and are perfect, very happy with them and they look excellent. All 8 are the same size which is exactly what I wanted and they arrived in great condition. Claire S.
September 2015:Dear Alan. I am thrilled with the tree! Many thanks for delivering it so quickly. Regards, Jenny Turner
August 2015: Dear Alan, I like your email, very original. My testimonial: 'I ordered three Photina trees to plant at the back of my garden pod to give privacy. The trees arrived promptly and in great packaging to protect them. They were in excellent condition and just as described. I planted them immediately and they are doing well and will give me the privacy I require. Thank you I will definitely order from you when I need more trees and recommend you to anyone wanting a good quality tree.' best regards Fiona
March 2015: Hi, Thank you very much for brilliant service. Trees arrived in perfect condition. Will definitely use your company again and highly recommend to others. Mrss Pauline Hanwell
Sept 2014: Hi Dogsbody, Thank you so much for your email our Photinia Red Robin tree arrived and in perfect condition, this will be our third tree from you and they have been of fabulous condition and make a huge impact in our garden.No photos supplied may scare kids!!, but thank you once again Sandra
Sept 2014: Hi Alan,Many thanks for your e-mail. The two Photinia Red Robin trees were delivered on the day promised and arrived well wrapped with no damage to the outer packaging. They were left where I had requested and were even left the right way up! No complaints from me regarding the courier...When I unpacked them I was really please with the quality, they looked very healthy. I have planted them following the instructions and attached a photo showing their position. Thanks again for an excellent service, I would have no hesitation in recommending your company. Ian
May 2014: I just want to thank you for this good quality tree (Red Robin Photinia) at a reasonable price. I will be back for more trees in the Autumn Kind Regards, Josephine Wilberforce.
March 2014: Thank you for your email.My photonia red robin arrived on date specified & delivery instructions were adhered to thank you. The tree was packaged well & was in good condition & looked healthy. We unpacked it & gave it a good watering in the pot as per instructions & let it stand on the patio in the pot for 1 day to let the air get to it as it looked a little deprived of air & light. Next day gave it another good watering & planted it later that day. It looks beautiful but still has a long way to go to replace the previous one which was ripped from the ground in the storms, but if it grows as well & as fast as its predecessor I will be very happy :-) Thank you again for a speedy safe delivery & a lovely healthy Photinia tree as promised. I will definitely be ordering more from you in the very near future. Kindest regards Lynne
March 2014: Many thanks, The (Photinia Red Robin) trees arrived on time and in good condition. They reach the top of the trellis and should be providing us with a bit more privacy during the winter months. Best regards David Radford
January 2014: Delighted with the service I received from Treesonline. My order (which included Red Robin Trees) arrived very quickly and the trees were in beautiful condition. I even got more Blackthorn than I was expecting. I will definitely be ordering some more trees in the future.
September 2013: Trees arrived safely and well packaged.No problems with courier. They weren't quite as big as I was expecting, having ordered the largest pot size, but they are now planted and only time will tell if they will take well, but all good so far. Best Regards Janette Harrington editors note: All customers were advised that the delayed Spring of 2013 had caused a significant growth delay in all Red Robin Photinia before despatch but that they would catch up.
Sept 2012: My son ordered a 'Red Robin' tree from you for a Golden Wedding Anniversary gift for us in late June. Delivery was promised for late August and after a mix up over our Post Code it was delivered first week in September. It arrived safely in superb packaging - an eight foot tall heavy duty cardboard box, approx 30 x 30cm square.The Red Robin Photinia was about 7ft, with container well wrapped in back plastic was very secure and the tree in excellent order. The long straight 'trunk' was well supported by 2 bamboo poles and there was no apparent damage to the tree foilage. Carefully unpacked, well watered and allowed to stand in its container for a few days it has now been planted according to the excellent instructions attached to the tree. A more appropriate tree stake has been added for its long term development and we look forward to seeing grow on! Thankyou for your excellent service.