Photinia niitakamayensis (syn. formosana)

Photinia niitakamayensis (syn. formosana)
Photinia niitakamayensis (syn. formosana) 
Taiwanese photinia
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
 taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-4m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-4m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
Hedging plants
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The species of Chinese photinia (formerly stranvaeasia) is an evergreen shrub whose close relative is a garden hybrid photinia Red Robin. It comes from China and Vietnam and has better cold resistance and narrower leaves. Photinia niitakamayensis from is one of its subspecies from Taiwan, formerly classified as selection or variety known as formosana.

Taiwanese photinia is renowned for notably narrower leaves as opposed to Chinese photinia. Those are deep green, narrowly lance-shaped, and glossy. They emerge coppery red in spring, and in autumn many of older leaves turn scarlet red or light maroon, some plants may gain these shades all over.

It grows fast, making thin and flexible twigs when young, and forms spreading shrubs of uneven habit if left to its own devices. But regularly pruned plants bush out beautifully and exhibit dense and attractive framework. The best time to prune it is in early spring after all frosts. Light trimming is possible in midsummer if some branches get out of hand.

Grow it in full sun, in acidic, moist but well drained soil with high contents of organic matter. Mulching provides consistent moisture throughout the year and is necessary in colder areas. Watering is recommended before and during winter unless the soil is frozen. Hardy to -min. 25°C (USDA zone 6), in protected areas to -27°C (zone 5). It can live in insulated outdoor pots.

Last update 18-10-2021
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Photinia niitakamayensis (syn. formosana) height 30-50 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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