Grown as a specemin in a border, or in a woodland setting, or as a hedge, or even in an industrial estate, the evergreen Photinia gives a splash of colour from its newly emerging leaves to rival a Pieris. Different varieties offer variegated leaves, or slightly differing shades of red.

Grown primarily for its new red growth, Photinia produces a mass of flowers.

Photinia produces a decent evergreen hedge. It’s best cut with secateurs to avoid cut leaves. Popular varieties are ‘Red Robin’, and ‘Birmingham’.