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PlantFiles: Chinese Hawthorn, Chinese Photinia
Photinia serrulata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Photinia (foh-TIN-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: serrulata (ser-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Photinia serratifolia

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive diggo1 On Mar 20, 2011, diggo1 from Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I will agree with all that has been written here about this tree/shrub.
However, IT STINKS! Only when it's in full bloom. Very strong odor that smells like the air coming out of an old tire. Mine is 25'-30' tall.
It always blooms and berries profusely.

Positive texasflora_com On Apr 14, 2009, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This photinia has naturalized in the wild all over my region. I've learned it's a much better choice for landscaping than Photinia fraseri. We had lots of rain in 2007 and I know of several fraseri specimens that were killed from water-logged ground that were actually growing in deep field sand.

Positive Terry On Sep 2, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

On the plus side, this Photinia is not susceptible to leaf spot as is its cousin Photinia fraseri, nor does it have the thorns of another close relative, the Crataegus (Hawthorns.)

It forms a small tree if limbed up, and its evergreen, leathery leaves turn a nice red in the winter (although not as showy as the Red-Tip Photinia), followed by sprays of creamy white flowers in early to mid spring. Unfortunately, it is susceptible to powdery mildew and fireblight, so provide good air circulation and consider it a candidate for a spraying regimen. All in all, it's still a better choice for the landscape than many of its kin.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Little Rock, Arkansas
Concow, California
Fresno, California
Savannah, Georgia
Temple, Georgia
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Middleton, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
De Leon, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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