Hedge plants

Plant loquat as a hedge


A perfect alternative to conventional hedge planting is the use of the glossy loquat. The evergreen Photinia looks much more impressive as a hedge.

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The glossy loquat, whose botanical name is Photinia and with glittering Translated from Greek belongs to the rose family and the genus of pome fruits. The evergreen shrub is often planted individually in the ornamental garden because its glossy leaves make it an eye-catcher in the garden all year round. Depending on the variety, red or multi-colored leaves are even possible. It is therefore not surprising that the shrub is being used more and more as a hedge.


  • 1 loquat as a hedge - why?
    • 1.1 Planting the loquat hedge - that's how it's done
  • 2 questions and answers about the glossy loquat
    • 2.1 Is the loquat evergreen?
    • 2.2 is the loquat poisonous?
    • 2.3 Why does the loquat lose its red leaves?
    • 2.4 Why does the loquat get brown leaves?
    • 2.5 How big or wide is the lozenge?
    • 2.6 When do you have to cut the cotoneaster?
    • 2.7 What fertilizer do I use for the loquat?
    • 2.8 Is the cotoneaster hardy?
  • 3 glossy loquats - the 3 most popular varieties
    • 3.1 ❍ Red cotoneaster 'Red Robin':
    • 3.2 ❍ Scarlet medlar:
    • 3.3 ❍ Spark sheet:

Echidna as a hedge - why?

If you have decided to plant the evergreen hedge plant in your garden, you will have a lot of fun, because the loquat rarely loses its leaves - so you do not have to rake leaves. In addition to the leaves, it is also the fruits reminiscent of mini apples that contribute to the beauty of a glossy cotoneaster. In red or blue, they delight garden owners well into the winter.

Planting the loquat hedge - that's how it's done

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  • Choose a sunny, better partially shaded location.
  • The substrate should be rich in nutrients, permeable and rich in humus.
  • Make sure the floor is moderately moist, but avoid waterlogging.
  • Dig the planting holes twice the width of the root ball.
  • The planting distance of the individual hedge plants must not be less than 50 cm.
  • Finally, water the hedge well.
  • The best time to plant the new hedge is spring or autumn.

" A little hint: The glossy medlar can also be used together with other shrubs, such as cherry laurel, forsythia or pipe shrub - as a mixed hedge.

Questions and answers about the glossy loquat

Whether as a hedge or in a single position, the glossy loquat is gaining more and more fans, but also raises some questions for many readers of gartentipps.com - so here is the most important thing again in a brief overview.

    Is the cotoneaster evergreen?

    Yes, the glossy loquat is an evergreen shrub, whether planted as a solitary or hedge.

    Is the loquat poisonous?

    The shrub is not poisonous, the fruits of the loquat are. Here, however, a distinction must be made depending on the variety, and above all between humans and animals. In horses, the fruits can cause symptoms of intoxication, the fruits are largely harmless to humans, but they should not be consumed.

    Why does the loquat lose its red leaves?

    ❏ For example, if the fine roots are damaged, the loquat can no longer absorb enough nutrients. The damage to the fine fiber roots often occurs when improperly transplanted.

    ❏ Another reason can be drought that occurs both in summer and after a frosty winter. The specialist here speaks of drought stress, which the glossy loquat “acknowledges” by throwing off the red leaves.

    You can also read our article "Correct care for loquat".

    Why does the loquat get brown leaves?

    Brown spots or completely brown leaves on the Photinia usually indicate pest infestation by aphids or the black weevil. Fungal diseases can also be responsible for the discoloration. If only individual branches / spots are affected, you can simply cut them off and dispose of them in household waste - not on the compost!

    How big or wide is the lozenge?

    It depends on the variety. The average height is between 300 and 500 cm. The growth width rarely exceeds 350 cm.

    When do you have to cut the loquat?

    Cut your glossy cotoneaster after flowering. Depending on the variety, this may already be from July, but in most cases autumn is the ideal time for pruning.

    What fertilizer do I use for the loquat?

    The glossy loquat does not necessarily have to be fertilized. If you think your hedge weakens, use normal liquid fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions. The best time to fertilize is spring.

    Is the cotoneaster hardy?

    Most varieties of medlars are winter hardy. This means that they can easily survive light frost. As a precaution, the location should be protected and windless.

Glossy medlar - the 3 most popular varieties

As already mentioned several times, the Photinia is available in many different types. Your requirements, location requirements and personal preferences decide which glossy loquat will move into your garden or should grow into a beautiful hedge in the future.

❍ Red cotoneaster 'Red Robin':

The most popular loquat: Red Robin © HVPM dev / stock.adobe.com
Red medlar 'Red Robin' (Photinia fraseri)
Growth rate:20 - 50 cm a year
Height:150-300 cm
Spread:120 - 200 cm
Flower color:White
Bloom:May June
Location:Sun to shade
Ground:deep, humorous, loamy, lime-free, warm
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❍ Scarlet medlar:

This variety is hardy © biancia / stock.adobe.com
Scarlet medlar (Photinia villosa)
Growth rate:25 - 30 cm a year
Height:300 - 500 cm
Spread:250-350 cm
Flower color:White
Bloom:Late May - June
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:normal, permeable
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❍ spark sheet:

hardy and robust © philipbird123 / stock.adobe.com
Spark sheet (Photinia davidiana)
Growth rate:30 - 50 cm a year
Height:200-300 cm
Spread:100-200 cm
Flower color:White
Location:Sun to partial shade
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