Photinia Red Robin Compacta Topiary Trees Photinia Red Robin Compacta is a popular type of evergreen tree or shrub with its hallmark striking red new leaves. These specimens are topiary shaped trees on long clear stems for ornamental use.
Most people know Photinia Red Robin for its bright red foliage and the Compacta versions are just as bright. It’s a smaller more compact variety than the photinia hedging shrub and less likely outgrow its welcome. In early spring young foliage emerges bright red and gradually matures into green, eventually turning bronze-red by autumn. Small white flowers accompany the new shoots followed small berries. These are very popular with pollinators and birds.
Photinia Red Robin Compacta makes excellent tree for topiary purposes. It responds well to clipping and holds its shape with a yearly or twice-yearly prune. We offer a range of Photinia Compacta Topiary shaped as standard trees including quarter standard, half standards and full standards. Standards are clear single-stemmed trees with a head of red robin foliage. Trunk size ranges from quarter standards at 80 cms to full standards at two metres depending on your choice.
How Hardy Is Photinia Red Robin Compacta Topiary These Photinia Compacta Topiary trees are hardy in the UK and will survive frosts. Once established they can cope with drought, but container-grown specimens should not be allowed to dry out. Photinia Red Robin is rarely bothered by pests or disease.
How To Use Photinia Red Robin Compacta Topiary Photinia Compacta topiary standard trees are used to elevate a flat garden. They perform well in a mixed border where the red evergreen foliage brings colour, and they grow well in large well-watered containers on the patio. Photinia Compacta Topiary is an unusual choice to frame a door or archway and an alternative to standard holly or roses. They can also be used to provide privacy screening above the fence level.
How To Care For Photinia Red Robin Compacta Topiary This is a hardy and low maintenance plant that requires attention little once established. A twice-yearly trim will keep the topiary in shape. Plant Photinia Compacta Topiary in moist but well-drained soil of any pH in a sunny to partially sunny spot as sun encourages red shoots in spring. Water well until established and do not let containers dry out. Apply a thick layer of mulch in spring to suppress weed competition and seal in moisture.