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What is red tip photinia?

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According to Gardening Know How, the red tip photinia is a large flowering shrub often used for hedges in the eastern regions of North America. The plant gets its name from its new leaves, which remain bright red for two to four weeks before turning green. The small white flower clusters that show up in mid-spring are replaced by red berries.

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What is red tip photinia?
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Red tip photinias typically grow to be 10 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 8 feet wide, although some are larger. The shrub grows best in well-drained soil located in an area with full sun to partial shade. Space should be left between plants so air is able to circulate. This is a hardy plant that survives most environments, except very wet soil.

Red tips are very susceptible to a fungus that causes "leaf spot." Small red circles appear on both sides of new leaves. Purple-ringed brown or gray spots show up on green leaves. The effected leaves drop off their stems. Over time, leaf spot often contributes to the death of these plants.

Plants should not be pruned in spring and summer, because this encourages new growth that is vulnerable to leaf spot. Winter pruning avoids this problem. Another way to limit the spread of leaf spot is to skip fertilizing the plants in the summer. Fertilizer promotes new growth and puts the plant at risk.

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