Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Taiwanese Redtip - Photinia serratifolia   (Desfontaines) Kalkman
Members of Rosaceae:
Only member of Photinia in NC.
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Author(Desfontaines) Kalkman
DistributionCultivated throughout the state, but rarely escaping. So far as is known, locally established in Duplin, Mecklenburg, Orange, and Wake counties. Herb Amyx reports that "They are scattered around some of the North Raleigh Parks, but are especially heavy at Durant Nature Preserve, where there are (or were) several near the community center that are the height of a medium sized tree. Those scattered around the woodlands struggle to reach 1 or 2 feet high but persist for long periods of time."

Native of eastern Asia.
AbundanceRare, but expected in other counties.
HabitatRoadside, disturbed woodlands.
PhenologyFlowers in March-April.
IdentificationPlants develop into large, broad bushes or small, dense-canopy trees. Leaves are about 6 inches long, narrowly elliptic, pointed, margins with small serrations. New growth always tinged coppery red. Flowers are produced in dense umbel-like clusters of tiny white corollas.
Taxonomic CommentsOur plants may be the cultivar "Curly Fantasy", a hybrid P. glabra x serratifolia, according to Herb Amyx.

Other Common Name(s)Redtip
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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Peter WhiteFall of 2023, in woods in Carolina North. OrangePhoto_non_natural
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