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  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,745

    AND THE TIES.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    Also - it can take quite a while for shrubs to get going above ground after planting - most of the early growth is underground as a shrub gets a good root system and establishes itself. If you follow the previous advice, you should see a bit of growth this year  image 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Novice23Novice23 Posts: 196

    I would not want to disagree with others who are no doubt far more knowledgeable than me, but this looks like my Red Robin.   It took a couple of years to get going, but now it is lovely.   The red leaves and shoots are only apparent on new growth, so prune back in Spring and the red will appear.  Then you will understand why people like it. 

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Is "red robin"  Photinia × fraseri ?

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,169

    Yes it is.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Mark152Mark152 Posts: 13

    It could be a Photinia or possibly a Portuguese Lauel but it doesn't really matter as all the above advice is all good.

    In addition, I would probably snip off the top most leaves in spring to encourage it to bush out. You'll soon discover if this is a Photinia Red Robin as the new growth will be red. Its best to trim them back a couple of times a year to encourage a nice bushy shrub and to keep the new red growth shooting. Good times to do this are spring and autumn. With any luck you'll have some nice new red shoots over the winter for some welcome winter colour.

    You might encounter Photinia back spot on the leaves which is very common and best dealt with by regular trimming and clearing infected leaves from the base of the shrub. A good mulch will also help.

    A nice shrub. I hope it performs well for you. 

  • shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 197

    hello, I planted a Red Robin quite a few years ago and it did take a long time to get going above ground, so much so that I even considered digging it up and chucking it because nothing seemed to be happening. then it seemed to have an enormous growth spurt suddenly.

    anyway, last year I had to hard prune it because it had taken over the corner of the border where it's planted !!! thankfully it has already started new growth as well image

    be patient, keep it well watered in dry spells, remove the grass around the base so that they are not competing for nutrients and  enjoy



  • I have two large red robin bushes and want to move them to another part of the garden  at what time of the year can I do this

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    You can move them anytime from now to late spring provided conditions are frost free and soil conditions not excessively wet. You mentioned large, so may need help to get them out and move them. Personally, any shrub that is over 1.5 meters in height is a risk at any time of the year. If you do have a shrub around that size, you need to make sure your planting holes are well prepared. You might want to prune off some of the outer branches to allow the shrub to settle in quicker. 

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