A striking evergreen pleached tree, Photinia × fraseri 'Red Robin' has bright red new foliage and stems, with leaves turning a dark, glossy green as they mature. The bright red growth appears in spring and autumn, especially if encouraged by regular pruning. Clusters of ivory coloured flowers in spring add further interest, with flowering being more common when it is grown in full sun.
Our pleached Photinia trees have been carefully and expertly trained over a number of years to create beautiful screening trees, sometimes known as hedging in the sky or stilt hedging. Photinia 'Red Robin' is a reasonably vigorous evergreen and in this pleached form it is ideal as interesting year-round screening and for creating privacy.
Our containerised Pleached trees are available year-round, unlike rootball forms. Please call our Sales and Service team on 01943 660870 to discuss requirements.
AKA Pleached Photinia, Pleached 'Red Robin', Pleached Christmas berry
When planting pleached Photinia trees, prepare the planting area by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.
It is a two person job (minimum) to place the rootball in the hole. Then, using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking it up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting pleached trees with a large stake and tie kit - instructions are in the planting guide.
Formative pruning has already been carefully and expertly carried out on all our pleached trees, including this Photinia. Going forwards, you will need to carry out pruning to maintain the shape and encourage the bright red new growth.
The bamboo frame that comes on the tree can be cut off when the pleached tree is mature enough.
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.
Clear stem = the bare stem or 'leg' that the pleached tree is grown on
Head = the leafy hedge screen above the clear stem
Girth = the circumference of the stem measured 1m from ground level
So, if Clear stem = 2m and Head = 1.5m x 1.2m then the total height will be 3.2m and total width 1.5m.
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