Meaning of Photinia in English:


Pronunciation /fə(ʊ)ˈtɪnɪə/


  • A genus of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and small trees (family Rosaceae), native chiefly to eastern Asia and western North America, some species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage and berries; (also photinia) a plant of this genus.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Photinia, genus name from ancient Greek ϕωτεινός shining, bright, luminous (from ϕωτ-, ϕῶς light + an extended form of the Indo-European base of -νος, suffix forming nouns) + scientific Latin -ia, so called on account of the glossy foliage of many species.