Common Name: Chinese photinia
Origin/Ecology: Native to western China
Habit: Large, upright, bushy evergreen shrub of the rose family that typically matures to 10-15′ tall and 8-10′ wide.
Leaves: Oblong to oblanceolate evergreen leaves (2-3″ long) with toothless margins are dull dark green. New leaves emerge with pinkish bronze tones. Back of leaf has no hairs, lighter than front.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Five-petaled white flowers (to 1/3″ across) bloom in clusters (compound corymbs to 3-4″ wide) in late May-June. Flowers followed by small orbicular berries (pomes to 1/4″ diameter) which mature to red by late summer and typically persist on the plant well into winter.
Water Use, Soil: Humusy, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Avoid wet soils.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Best fruit occurs in full sun. Needs good air circulation.
Landscape Uses: Specimen, background evergreen, screen, large hedge, shrub borders, walls or fences.
Limitations: Leaf spot, fireblight, powdery mildew, aphids, scale, vine weevils.
Other Features: Easy to train into tree form. Birds eat fruits but it is not an invasive species in Vancouver.