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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Photinia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 40-60 species, native mainly to Asia but there is also a species in North America. Five species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Photinia arbutifolia (Toyon)

[= Heteromeles arbutifolia]

Native to California and Mexico. See Wikipedia page on this species.


Photinia davidiana

Native to China.


Photinia glabra

Native to China and Japan.


Photinia serratifolia (Chinese hawthorn)

Native to China.

Photinia villosa

Native to China, Korea and Japan.


Photinia x fraseri




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.