An excellent fast-growing and heat-tolerant evergreen hedge plants, red tip or Fraser Photinia (Photinia x fraseri), a hybrid cross between Chinese and Japanese photinias. Plant in full sun is best with regular watering. They require well-drained soil, but otherwise not too picky – except when it comes to conditions that encourage serious fungal disease on the leaves. Correct plant spacing to promote good air circulation around plants, and can help prevent infestation.
Looking red tip Photinia, sometimes red tip equidistant from a fence as the space between plants assigned. Proposed distance between Photinia bushes is 4 to 6 feet, depending on the desired effect, then plant shrubs about 4 feet from a fence is sufficient. Since air circulation is so important for the entire health Photinia, monitor shrubs planted against solid fences. Dilute some of the leaves closest to the fence when it gets too close or crowded.
Photinia is a member of the rose family and is susceptible to fungal water borne diseases such as black spot that plagues roses. Entomosporium leaf spot is a fungus that usually attacks Photinia – sometimes fatal effect. Fungal dissemination must be controlled or the disease may lead gradual thinning, defoliation, and eventually death. Fungicide is applied the usual treatment at the onset of symptoms. For organic gardeners copper, lime sulfur may be sulfur and neem oil treatments effective. Trim and discard infected plant parts, and also prune to increase overall airflow through the plant.
The same plant care and garden sanitation practices to control black spot on roses also help in the management of Photinia leaf spot infestation. Remove infected leaves as soon as you see them, which can slow the spread of the disease. Pick up leaves immediately. Bag and discard any infected vegetation, never put it in the compost heap. Remove and discard any organic mulch under plants, which probably carries the fungal spores. Avoid getting water on the leaves, which helps the spread of the disease. Sun and summer heat can. To eliminate the disease spores on the plant and in the soil
Red tip Photinia is otherwise a low-maintenance plant. Named for the distinctive coppery red color of its new foliage, full sun but prefers red lace shade to tolerate especially in hot climates. It may wet feet and requires well-drained soil. Photinia likes evenly moist soil, but will adapt to dry conditions. Plants respond well to heavy pruning, dense branching and foliage development. For best results, cut back by half every 12 inches new growth. Regular spring fertilization help plants stay healthy and resist disease.