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Common Name: Christmas Berry
Photinia arbutifolia is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 6.00 metres tall.
It has uses.
South-western N. America - California.
Semi-dry brushy slopes and in canyons below 1200 metres[
]. It is usually found in the neighbourhood of streams or on dry hills, especially on north-facing slopes[
]. Often on steep sea-cliffs[
Requires a well-drained fertile soil in a sheltered position in sun or light shade[
]. Tolerates calcareous soils[
]. Plants are tolerant of drought and poor conditions[
This species is not very hardy in Britain[
], tolerating temperatures down to about -7°c[
]. It succeeds outdoors from south Surrey southwards and westwards[
There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
The flowers have a scent similar to hawthorns and are pleasant when smelt from a distance, though less than pleasant when smelt close-to[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Stored seed will probably require a period of cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Basal cuttings in a frame[
]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.