Care of Photinia Fraseri Shrubs


Photinia fraseri, (Photinia x fraseri), a striking evergreen tree, creates great interest in the landscape. Foliage grows a dark, shiny green, but new foliage at the tips of the branches emerges as contrasting bright mahogany red. A moderately-sized tree, Photinia fraseri grow 12 and 18 feet tall at maturity. Do not prune new growth on the tree and creamy white flowers will bloom at the branch tips in summer. Photinia fraseri tolerates an occasional light freeze, but it won't survive a hard freeze.

Step 1

Plant Photinia fraseri in partial shade if you live in a hot, dry climate, as hot sunlight can burn the leaves. Otherwise, plant Photinia fraseri in full sunlight. Good drainage is especially important for Photinia fraseri, as the tree can develop fungal problems in poor-draining soil.

Step 2

Water Photinia fraseri deeply every 2 to 3 weeks, and allow the soil to dry out before the next watering. Photinia fraseri is prone to fungal diseases exacerbated by excessive moisture. Water at the base of the tree, and don't allow water to splash the leaves.

Step 3

Feed Photinia fraseri every spring, using a general purpose, timed-release fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Step 4

Keep the area around the Photinia fraseri free of weeds and debris, and don't apply organic mulch. A clean, well-groomed area will prevent black spot and other diseases that often plague Photinia fraseri. If you want to apply a mulch around the tree, consider a rock-based mulch.


  • University of Florida Extension: Photinia x fraseri, Fraser Photinia
  • North Carolina State University: Shrubs - Photinia x fraseri Common Name Fraser photinia
  • Photinia x fraseri Birmingham
Keywords: Photinia fraser, photinia shrub, evergreen care

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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.