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Red-tipped photinia is a large, broadleaf, evergreen shrub (10-15' tall) with erect stems and leathery dark green leaves. It takes its name from its new growth, which starts as a beautiful red before turning green. Red-tipped photinias are hardy throughout Texas. However, while it is one of the few shrubs with the strong attribute of color in its new growth, it is highly susceptible to Entomosporium Leaf Spot, a fungal disease that can weaken, defoliate, and even kill established shrubs. For these reasons, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service warns "planter beware", and no longer highly recommends it for that reason.

However, if you still want to use red-tipped photinia, to be successful careful planning of location must be considered. Red-tipped photinia should be planted in full sun with good spacing between plants - crowded plants will be more prone to the disease. Good air circulation can help prevent leaf spot disease which can seriously weaken these plants. Watering at the soil level, rather than from above, is also helpful in avoiding leaf spot disease. And fallen leaves should always be removed.

Gloria Jenkins, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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