Winters Impact On Photinia - Knowledgebase Question

Sykesville, MD
Question by SKL9
May 19, 2000
How far north can photinia be planted to use as a hedge or privacy screen. I've been told that a hard winter can kill or severely damage photinia. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 2000


Photinia serrulata is considered hardy only into zone 7 but it is occasionally seen a bit further north in sheltered locations. In such cases however it may be killed back as far as the ground during a hard winter, and may even be killed outright in a particularly harsh year. For this reason it is not used extensively in your area, and certainly would not be recommended for such a large and permanent planting as a hedge.

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