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Chinese Stranvaseia*

Stranvaesia davidiana 'var. undulata'

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Chinese Stranvaseia (Stranvaesia davidiana 'var. undulata') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Chinese Stranvaseia fruit

Chinese Stranvaseia fruit

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Photinia davidiana


A close relative of the photinia, featuring bronzy-red new foliage that matures to deep green, glossy with wavy margins, subtle white flowers produce very striking red fruit in fall that persists into winter; very effective in mass plantings

Ornamental Features

Chinese Stranvaseia is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from late summer to late winter. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features subtle clusters of white flowers hanging below the branches in early summer. The smooth brown bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Stranvaseia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Chinese Stranvaseia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Chinese Stranvaseia will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.