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Red Tip Photinias

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Comanski, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Comanski

    Comanski LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Are there any problems with using photinias as a foundation planting? I am aware of the leaf spot problem but can they be pruned to a round shape and be kept at 3-4 feet? Thank you in advance. Chris in Maryland.
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Would be hard to keep them that short for a long period of time, I would think. Sure, the first few years would be fine, but those things get 40+ feet tall. Imagine the trunk system that would evolve after time, you'd have a huge base on a very small tree. I could be wrong, but I think, after maybe a decade or less you'd have a funky tree.

    Thought about Indian Hawthorns? Very low maintenance, hardy, easy to keep small and shaped.
  3. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

  4. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    I have maintained some at about 5 ft for over 10 years
  5. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    At that height are the trunks think and roots big? Plus its more work to keep a big plant small then a small plant small.

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