Top Questions About Red Tip Photinias

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Questions About Red Tip Photinias

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 17, 2011

Q. Red-Tip Photinia

We have a terrible problem with deer eating the plants in our yard. They decimated our holly bushes. Do deer like to eat the red-tip photinia?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 18, 2011
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They are deer resistant, but deer will eat anything if they are desperate enough.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 20, 2011

Q. Red-Tip Shrub

How much fertilize do you put on each shrub?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2011
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It really depends on the type of fertilizer. Chemical fertilizers will have directions on the box for how much to use. As for organic fertilizers, if you let us know which kind you will be using, we can give you directions for how to use that type.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 22, 2011

Q. Pruning 20′ Red Tip Photinia

I have let my large 20′ red tips get out of control.  They surround my backyard with excellent privacy, but now they’re way too big and need trimming real bad.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 22, 2011
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They can take a pretty severe pruning, so you can cut them back to a manageable size without harming them.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 25, 2011

Q. Replace Diseased Red Tips With Another Resistant Hedge/Bush for Privacy Fence

My Red-Tip Photinias, used as a privacy fence, have become diseased and too large for the space.   Some have died. I want to remove them and would like to replace them with young red tips, but I’m afraid the disease will affect them as well. In central Arkansas, what type of fast-growing bush can be used for privacy that is resistant to fungus? Would it be unsafe to plant new red tips?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 25, 2011
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Can you describe the symptoms of the disease that affected the last red tips? If we can diagnose it, we can let you know if it will affect the new red tips.

In terms of privacy shrubs that grow quickly, Arborvitae or Cypress tend to be the standards. If you would like to try something a little different, you can look into bamboo.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 31, 2011

Q. Red Tip Photinia

Is this shrub deadly to goats if eaten?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 31, 2011
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I believe it is toxic, but I am not sure how toxic it would be for the goat.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 1, 2011

Q. Red Photinia

My red photinia died years ago from fungus. For about five years, it has been a waist-high wasteland of dead limbs, very hardy limbs. Today, I cut the bushes down to about 4-5 inches above the ground. Now I’m wondering how to get rid of the base and roots of these plants. I should also add that I am responsible for everything, and I am 5’7 inches and weigh 125 lbs. So the easier and more possible, the better. I’m just thinking about leaving them there and planting wild flowers in the garden. What should I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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You do not need to remove the roots as long as you are planning on not placing another shrub there. I think the idea of flowers there would be good.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 4, 2011

Q. Red Tip Maintenance

My red tips are approximately 20 feet tall and have grown in a row that’s about 300 feet long. They have lost their leaves and are just starting to grow new ones. Should I remove all the dead leaves from under the trees now, and should I treat under the plants with anything to kill the disease?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 4, 2011
Certified Expert
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Removing the leaves would be good. Were there any other signs of disease on the plants? If we know this, we can better advise on how to treat the disease.

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