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Photinia, large shrub

Photinia

Photinia, Photinia fraseri, is an evergreen that in the past we would have recommended, however, because of the high alkalinity of Southwestern soils the plant rarely does well. The majority of Photinia around Las Cruces, NM are chlorotic and dying.

Photinia gets 8 to 15 feet high, by 6 to eight feet wide. Older leaves are green, while younger growth is red. The plant is grown for it's foliage, but it does have small white flowers in the spring.

A healthy Photinia is well worth having in the landscape, but Photenia is highly susceptible to iron deficiency, see photos.

Foliar applications of chelated iron will give the quickest response, however that treatment is not complete and should be combined with soil applications of iron chelate. Soil acidifiers will also help.

Photinia makes quite a nice hedge, so if you can keep it healthy, it is worth planting.


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Photinia, shaped
Photinia, shaped
Unhealthy Photinia shrub
Photinia, unhealthy
Very unhealthy Photinia shrub
Photinia
, very unhealthy, dying
Healthy Photinia leaves
Photinia, healthy leaves, new growth
     

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