Plant Care Chinese Photinia

Chinese Photinia

About Chinese Photinia

Chinese Photinia is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and

Chinese Photinia belongs to the Stranvaesia genus, and is native to China, Vietnam, and Malyasia.


Stranvaesia davidiana

Also known as

Stranvaesia davidiana and Chinese photinia

How to care for Chinese Photinia

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Photinia

Water needs for Chinese Photinia
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Photinia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Photinia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Photinia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Chinese Photinia may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Photinia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Photinia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Photinia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Photinia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Photinia is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Photinia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Photinia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🌱 Propagation

Chinese Photinia can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Chinese Photinia

Chinese Photinia

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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