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RHAPHIOLEPIS hybrid 'Ballerina'

Image of Rhaphiolepis hybrid 'Ballerina'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS hybrid 'Ballerina'

Plant Common Name

Ballerina Indian Hawthorn, Hybrid Indian Hawthorn

General Description

The compact and pretty Indian hawthorn 'Ballerina' produces clusters of small, star-like, dark pink flowers in spring and summer. It has a dense rounded habit and handsome leathery leaves that are dark green and rounded. These turn a pretty bronzy red hue in winter. Its sprays of fragrant pink flowers brighten the landscape from early spring to summer and may appear sporadically in the cold season where winters are very mild. The flowers are followed by moderately attractive blue-black fruits.

This shrub prefers full sun and a wide range of well-drained soil types. It tolerates conditions and is quite drought tolerant once established. It takes well to pruning and shearing, so it can be used in hedging. It is also ideal for foundation plantings. Deer favor Indian hawthorn, so don’t plant them where these pests are a problem.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No