How to Plant Photinias


Photinia is an eye-catching evergreen that is a popular southern landscaping shrub. Easy to plant and fairly hardy, photinia will grow healthily and happily as long as it is provided with a few basic necessities including well-drained soil, full sunlight and periodic pruning. When not given these basic necessities, photinia is quite susceptible to deadly fungi, root rot and other diseases. In light of this, many home owners opt to grow disease-resistant varieties of photinia like the red-tipped photinia Indian Princess or Red Robin.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is 4 feet wide and 4 feet deep.

Step 2

Mix half of the soil you excavated with an equal amount of compost. Refill the hole and allow the mixed soil to cure for at least one month.

Step 3

Plant your photinia shrub anywhere between July and September. Re-dig the hole so that it is twice as wide and just as deep as your photinia's container.

Step 4

Carefully remove the photinia shrub from its container. Loosen the root ball with your fingers by gently pulling the outer roots away from the ball with your hands.

Step 5

Place the photinia shrub in the hole so that the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the surrounding soil. You may have to back-fill some of the excavated soil.

Step 6

Back-fill the hole halfway with soil.

Step 7

Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain.

Step 8

Finish filling the hole, then tamp the soil down with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Step 9

Water the plant thoroughly, but do not flood the soil. Water the base of the plant and avoid getting the leaves wet. This encourages fungal growth. Continue to water photinia daily until the shrub establishes itself and produces new growth. Cut back watering to once a week for the photinia's first year. Cut watering back to a minimum after that. Adult photinia is quite drought hardy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Prune photinia regularly. Otherwise, crowded branches will prevent airflow through the plant and make it susceptible to developing disease. Also avoid planting photinia plants near one another to form a hedge. This also restricts air flow and encourages fungal growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel


  • Red-tipped Photinia
  • Photinia Plants
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