Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' is highly sought after for its striking evergreen foliage. Bright red new spring foliage contrast against the mature leaves that have turned a gorgeous glossy green. In addition, 'Red Robin' produces attractive ivory white flowers in April–May, making it a great tree for year-round interest.
This evergreen Photinia is easy to look after and will grow well in partial shade or full sun when given a well drained soil. Requiring little pruning, it does take well to heavy pruning if you wish to maintain a particular shape. It is also popular in topiary lollipop form outside doorways, as hedging or pleached hedging.
Photinia Red Robin is also called the Christmas berry tree and indeed makes a wonderful gift whether at Christmas or any other time of the year - just add gift wrapping to make it extra special.
AKA Christmas Berry tree, Red Tip Photinia
Our pot grown Red Robin trees can be planted at any time of year. When planting into the ground, remove weeds and grass within a metre of the planting spot, then dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and twice as wide. We recommend sprinkling root grow in the hole to help the tree establish.
Remove the production pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost. Use this to fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree.
Use a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots of Photinia tree (unless it is a lollipop or bush form as these don't require staking). Water around the base. Further information is available in the step-by-step planting guide.
For the first year, water well and regularly in spring and summer. Increase watering in hot or dry weather. When planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. We sell irrigation kits for use in the ground or in pots.
Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons. If needed, use a rabbit guard.
Pruning of Photinia can be carried out at any time of year and encourages the bright red new growth. We recommend pruning topiary forms each year to keep their shape.
1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Bush||60-90cm||10L pot*||£44.99 (ex VAT)|
|Single Stem Tree||150-200cm||12L pot*||£49.99 (ex VAT) Was £59.99 (ex VAT)|
|1/2 Standard Tree||120-150cm (30-40cm head, 90cm stem)||20L pot*||£94.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||28L pot*||£229.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||28L pot*||£249.99 (ex VAT)|
|Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth||approx 3.0-3.5m||45L pot*||£309.99 (ex VAT)|
|Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth||approx 3.5-4.5m||45L pot*||£359.99 (ex VAT)|