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A new selection of Photinia, Photinia Red Robin Compacta is a dwarf variety with stunning foliage and petite size. Retaining all the well-loved features of its close relatives, Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin Compacta (to give it its full botanical name), is ideally suited for mid-sized hedges or growing in large containers.
Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin Compacta is more compact than the traditional Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin which can grow to be a very large hedge and the smaller Photinia x Fraseri Little Red Robin a smaller little brother. Photinia Red Robin Compacta has smaller leaves and most importantly it has a much more compact growth habit than Little Red Robin, which if left uncut tends to get a bit leggy once it reaches 1 metre height. Photinia Red Robin Compacta otherwise has all the hallmark Photinia well-loved features - new leaves emerge bright red in spring, maturing to a glossy green shade in summer. Scarce white blossoms are produced during spring as well, but the scarlet foliage steals the spotlight. Compacta is prefect for dense mid-sized hedges of up to 2 metres.
Photinia Red Robin Compact is not fussy when it comes to ideal growing conditions. It prefers fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well drained. It will grow well both in full sun and partial shade, but a sunnier spot in the garden will encourage the lovely, crimson shade of the foliage. Rarely affected by any pest and diseases, tolerates drought once established.
Photinia Red Robin Compact, as the name suggests, keeps its small size as it develops. The maximum height and spread this evergreen shrub will achieve is around 2 meters, which is half the size of regular Photinia x Fraseri Red Robin.
A robust hybrid, Photinia Red Robin Compacta is fully hardy in the United Kingdom. This evergreen shrub is not bothered by frost or harsh winds, and it can survive even if the winter temperatures drop to 15 degrees below zero.
Low-maintenance and with dense, lovely foliage, Photinia Red Robin Compact is a perfect candidate for hedging. It offers year-round interest and its spring scarlet foliage will add particular decorative value to your garden. See also our complete collection of hedging plants.