Synonym(s): Photinia serrulata
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)
Duration and Habit: Perennial Shrub
An Asian species commonly cultivated for ornamental purposes and readily escaping. Evergreen shrub with stiff leaves up to 8 inches long, prickly around the edges. New growth is bright copper colored. Flowers are clusters of small white flowers in spring, up to 6 inches across. The fruit is bright red berries appearing in fall.
Native Lookalikes: Currently no information available, or there are no native species that could be confused with Taiwanese photinia.
Ecological Threat: Very shade tolerant and evergreen, so it can out competes native vegetation in wooded areas.
Biology & Spread:
History: Introduced as an ornamental.
U.S. Habitat: Frequent in juniper-oak woodlands on limestone slopes and in canyon bottoms, often common near older residential developments.
U.S. Nativity: Introduced to U.S.
Native Origin: Asia
U.S. Present: AL, LA, MS
List All Observations of Photinia serratifolia reported by Citizen Scientists
Canopy. 2009. Chinese Photinia. Accessed Dec. 2009: http://www.canopy.org/db/main.asp?tree=127.
USDA PLANTS Database. Accessed Dec. 2009: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PHSE17.
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