PlantFiles: Chinese Hawthorn, Chinese Photinia Photinia serrulata
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Height: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m) 20-30 ft. (6-9 m) 30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
Spacing: 20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
Hardiness: 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)
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.
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.
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:
Blue Mountain, Alabama Little Rock, Arkansas Concow, California Fresno, California Temple, Georgia Whitemarsh Island, Georgia Waynesboro, Mississippi Middleton, Tennessee Dallas, Texas De Leon, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)