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Photinia x fraseri Little Red Robin

Christmas Berry

Dwarf variety with bright red new foliage

Little Red Robin is a more compact Photinia with young leaves starting out strikingly red before fading to light green in maturity. It grows to less than three feet in five to ten years.


It prefers full sunlight but it is happy enough in any type of well-draining soil.


Plant in the garden as a border plant or confine to a container on a sunny patio.

Red Robin makes for an good specimen or effective hedging plant.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September