Photinia derives from Greek and means shiny, alluding to its glossy foliage that also changes color: its leaves, in their juvenile stage are red and then turn green and in the phase before the fall, return to red color. The berries are in turn red in autumn.
This shrub with tree appearance, family of the rosaceae, was introduced in Europe in 1796 from China, Formosa, Japan and other neighboring Asian areas. In the Chinese province of Anhui, one of their areas of origin, the Chinese photinia grows forming large mixed forests that stretch from the valleys to over 2,000 meters high elevations.
In Seville this species is well represented, at least since the seventies, when planted in the gardens of neighborhoods built at the time like Alcosa, La Oliva and El Porvenir. There are many examples in the Parque de María Luisa, planted on the feet of quinces or cydonia oblonga so they can have a tree appearance.