What is this evergreen understory shrub?

j0nd03March 27, 2014

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Photinia serrulata I believe.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinese Photinia

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:21PM
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Thanks saltcedar! I thought the way the leaves were emerging looked quite a bit like the red tipped photinias planted locally. Makes sense if it is a related plant.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 8:03AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Is this growing wild? or was it planted?

P. serrulata is less prone to disease than regular 'Red Tips', so should be making a resurgence. But I can't find it anywhere in nurseries here.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 12:23PM
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Dave, it was definitely bird planted. I did see one other wild growing plant near the park on the slope of a ditch, also in heavy shade.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 12:35PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Nowadays correctly Photinia serratifolia. Have seen it growing wild elsewhere; at first the leaf spot was primarily hammering the hybrid (P. x fraseri) here but now both parental species - including this one - are deteriorating also.

It thins them out and weakens them, like the rhododendron mildew does the more susceptible kinds of rhododendrons. In both cases the ornamental value of the shrubs is reduced markedly. And sometimes they even die.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:01PM
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