- Most types of red tip photinia used for hedges or privacy screens grow 6 to 10 feet tall, but cultivars selected as small trees may grow up to 20 feet tall.
- The shrub generally does well in sunny conditions and has a good tolerance for drought. It will tolerate some shade, but dense shade makes it susceptible to fungal diseases.
- In very hot climates, it does best when it gets partial shade for part of the day, and is best planted in north- or east-facing locations. In cooler climates, it prefers in full sun.
- Red tip photinia is a relatively hardy and carefree shrub, but it is susceptible to fungal diseases when conditions are wet or in humid climates. Entomosporium fungus is a particularly big threat, this disease appears as red spots across the leaf surface, if it is not controlled, over time it can overtake the plant and cause many of the leaves to drop, sometimes enough to kill the plant.