A common sight in the south, photinias offer flexibility, ease of growing and showy flowers. They create attractive hedges and screens for unsightly aesthetic views. They also provide sound control on a busy street. For those who have enough space, can photinias many years to gardeners in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones represent 7 to 9.
Choosing a Variety
There are three types of Photinia commonly planted in the southern and western provinces. Depending on the size of your garden, it should at least provide a viable solution for your needs bushes. All of them, however, produce flowers with an unpleasant odor. Gardeners should avoid that. From this area trails
Japanese Photinia Photinia glabra or takes the least space. It reaches a height of 10 to 12 feet and spreads wide by 6 to 8 feet.
Chinese Photinia Photinia serrulata or grows up to 25 feet and spreads as much as 20 feet. Gardeners with limited space should avoid the cultivation of this variety. With proper pruning, can Chinese Photinias the form of a small tree.
Red Tip Photinia Photinia fraseri or enjoys phenomenal popularity because of its beautiful foliage and straightforward habits. It grows rapidly to a height of 10 to 15 feet and spreads wide between 5 to 10 feet.
Photinias need lots of space, both on the earth and under the earth. Dig a hole at least two to three times larger than the root ball. Photinias space apart at least 5 to 6 feet when. Planting a hedge or screen Note that if the system goes into the ground, it should be there for life. Check your surroundings for Photinia the same way that you want to plant in order to determine whether the diversity of your special needs.
Due to the popularity of Photinia and subsequent over planting some diseases have devastated the facility. One of them, entomosporium leaf spot, has now spread to all areas in which to grow photinias. In a covered work, the leaves develop small red patches. Eventually impact on the overall health of the shrub In many places have photinias decreased or even extinct.
The easiest way to control leaf spots to avoid overcrowding and to cut only during the dormancy period. Pruning, which occurs during the growing season promotes new growth, which are more susceptible to disease.
The same insects that infest strawberries, roses and other garden plants also photinias. These include weevils and scale insects. Cultivation of the soil and removing debris helps to control the population. Check attack on warm evenings, and plan your pest accordingly. Eliminate larvae in the fall and destroy adults as they emerge in the spring. Use neem oil, insecticidal soap or other commercial product. When using insecticides, make sure you cover the entire plant, including the undersides of the leaves.