Photinia





PHOTINIA JAPONICA (_syn Eriobotrya japonica_).--Loquat, Japan Medlar, or

Japan Quince. Japan, 1787. This is chiefly remarkable for its handsome

foliage, the leaves being oblong of shape and downy on the under sides.

The white flowers are of no great beauty, but being produced at the

beginning of winter, and when flowers are scarce, are all the more

welcome. It requires protection in all but the warmer parts of these

islands.



P. ARBUTIFOLIA (_syns Crataegus arbutifolia_ and _Mespilus

arbutifolia_).--Arbutus-leaved Photinia, or Californian May-bush.

California, 1796. This is a very distinct shrub, with leaves resembling

those of the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus), the flowers in an elongated

panicle, and bright red bark on the young wood.



P. BENTHAMIANA is only worthy of culture for its neat habit and freedom

of growth when suitably placed.



P. SERRULATA (_syn Crataegus glabra_).--Chinese Hawthorn. Japan and

China, 1804. This has Laurel-like leaves, 4 inches or 5 inches long,

and, especially when young, of a beautiful rosy-chocolate colour, and

clustered at the branch-tips. Flowers small, white, and produced in flat

corymbs. An invaluable seaside shrub.



They all grow well either in light, rich loam, or in sandy, peaty earth,

and are usually propagated by grafting.





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