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Is photinia salt tolerant ? Also will it grow under Norfolk Island Pine trees? Peter

I need a suitable screening plant to form a good privacy hedge so was thinking of Photinia. regards Peter

Submitted: 04:15PM, 18 Feb 2018
Answer: Hi Peter,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Photinias prefer acidic soils, a pH between 6 and 7 would be ideal for them to thrive. They can manage semi-shaded areas so planting them under Norfolk pines (Araucaria) might not be an issue. However the lateral roots of Araucaria generally spread on the surface which might cause a problem for the Photinias to establish themselves.

However those trees are relatively small then the Photinias might have a chance to grow. To reduce the pH of the soil do consider using Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur. It’s an easy-to-use liquid formulation, it can be diluted and applied without the dust and the mess associated with traditional granular products.

When preparing the area for planting do mix some Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser with the soil and plant the Photinias. Autumn would be an ideal time to plant them in.

All the very best!

Kind regards,

Eric
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Category: General
Tags: Photinia, soil pH
Answered: 11:26AM, 19 Feb 2018

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