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Pruning a Photinia Fraseri ‘Red Robin’

jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
About a year ago I planted 4 x red robins for a screening hedge, 3 are 6’ now, but one doesn’t seem to have grown much vertically.  It has had more shade than the others with branches of a rose bush in amongst it.

What kind of cuts to make as the best way to encourage more upright growth and height with this plant?  


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,279
    That plant will never grow as well as the others, because of the conditions it has.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
    Perhaps, but it is definitely growing wider rather than tall. And I wanted to see if I can get more height
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,403
    Then I rather think you’ll need to remove the rose ...
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
    It's a nice rose, it's just a few branches in the way when it has full foliage, but when the rose leaves fall the photinia comes through.

    Thanks folks, come Spring i'll cut some rose baco to give some room to the photinia.  I don't want to do that now though as it's my screen between our front windows and the street!
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,270
    I've found mine to be a rather forgiving shrub. I hadn't pruned it for years but last year gave it a severe prune, down to its central trunk and branches. It has grown back well this year. Having said that I wish I'd planted a native shrub there...
  • jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
    What do you mean ‘native’ shrub @Fishy65 ? And why would that be beneficial?
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,270
    One such as Hazel, blackthorn, hawthorn etc. I plant my garden primarily for wildlife and tend to lean towards native as they will generally support more native insect life etc. I planted the photinia in 1998 without giving thought to wildlife, though I'll admit it's quite pretty in it's own way.
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