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Problems with red robin photinia

cstonenw5cstonenw5 Posts: 42

Hi there. Ive been trying to grow this plant in my back yard for sometime now with not much success. Can anyone tell me what I might be doing  wrong and what is  












s causing the leaves to go brown. I'll be very grateful for your advice.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,784

    Photina Red Robin is a large shrub or small tree growing up to 15ft tall or more - it won't be happy in a small pot - it needs to be planted in the ground.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • cstonenw5cstonenw5 Posts: 42

    O ok Dovefromabove. Thanks i'll try that

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    I have one in my garden too cstonenw5 - we planted it back in 1998 and I remember for the first few years it did absolutely nothing. Then it went whoosh and is now maybe 8ft tall. Though if I had my time again I'd have a native shrub there instead image

  • Ordinarily when leaves on a very hardy fast growing shrub like a red ribub photinia go brown then it's due to either:   drought or waterlogging.

    Brown leaf tips tend to indicate drought at spring / summer time and that it's affected the young new growth.   Brown spots or patches in the middle of the leaf usually means it's been waterlogged.

    Yours looks like it's had a bit of both.     Anything that's contained in a pot is going to be susceptible to that.   In the case of this VERY easy large and fast growing shrub  as dovefromabove said, it won't want to be in a pot.

    They can also get fire blight which makes the leaves go brown but from your description I'm not thinking it's that.




  • cstonenw5cstonenw5 Posts: 42
    Great many thanks for your help. I'm new to gardening. image
  • The Red Robin won't know that and they're pretty difficult to kill..... even though you might have had a good attempt  image

  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    I have mine in partial shade,  I always thought to much sun causes more problems with the leaves, mine you they are slow to grow mine around 6 years now and its only 3-4 feet quite wide though... don't give up it get there image

  • They prefer sun or partial shade.   They need to be sheltered because they aren't too keen on icey winds and severe frosts.   That's why I have mine in partial shade snuggled hiding from winds whistling down the valley and behind a copper beech hedge.  

  • cstonenw5cstonenw5 Posts: 42

    ooo sounds luvly and cosy .... lol image

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