Photinia Dynamo Red represents a signifcant improvement over the original Red Robin shrub. This is a faster developing plant with naturally bushy and upright growth that just looks neater and more tidy in all situations. Once established it is more resilient to inclement weather conditions such as Summer heat and drought or very cold weather in Winter, conditions that can sometimes take their toll on other varieties.
Photinia Dynamo Red has brilliant Red young growths that keep their colour for longer than older varieties, older and untrimmed shrubs will produce attractive heads of white flowers in late Spring.
This is a perfect Photinia for hedging purposes, the hedge will need far less formative pruning and trimming in the early years and it should certainly make its desired height a little faster. Hedges of this variety can be maintained at a desired height anywhere from 120-250cm. We see this as an excellent landscaping shrub too, larger drifts of this plant could be easily maintained to bring colour and interest to many situations and they would be a good starting point for topiary or even as a colourful potted specimen on a patio or seating area.
Photinia Dynamo Red is suitable for all soil types, these are easy shrubs to grow in any garden with reasonable drainage – wet boggy soil is the only situation that is out of bounds when growing Photinia. They do well in sun or partial shade but the redness of the new growths is always more intense in full sunlight.
Photinia hedges and shrubs are best trimmed in late Spring, after the first flush of new leaves has darkened. This will encourage successive new flushes of brilliant red leaves later in the season.
How to grow Photinia Dynamo Red
Position: Sun or partial shade
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, leaves stay on the shrub all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: May and June
Growth rate: moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread 300cm high x 200cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Prune or trim in late Spring to encourage more of the colourful new growth.