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RHAPHIOLEPIS (OLIVIA™)

Image of Rhaphiolepis 'Conia' (OLIVIA™) PP9399

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS 'Conia'(OLIVIA™) PP9399

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Indian Hawthorn

General Description

Easy to grow with beautiful fragrant flowers Indian hawthorn Olivia™ is a spreading shrub, well branched and vigorous. The leaves are leathery, glossy, oval, alternately arranged on the stems and have serrate edges – like that of a steak knife. New foliage is rusty-hued when it emerges. The abundant white flowers are single and commonly appear in the spring. They are produced at the ends of the branches in loose branched clusters. Each bloom is star-shaped and has pointed petals. This selections produced large, showy, apple-like, blue-black fruit after it flowers.

Rhaphiolepis is native to the warm and temperate regions of eastern Asia. Olivia™ is moderately sized, mounding-spreading in form, evergreen and is beautiful in beds. She has good tolerance to cold and heat and is resistant to leaf-spot disease.

Indian hawthorn is tolerant of drought and poor soils, but prefers rich soil with ample drainage which is on the acid side. Full sun is best for good growth, though these plants are tolerant of light to moderate shade, particularly in hot humid climates. They are also tolerant of wind and salt spray

Attractive foliage and flowers and a tough prunable character have made this common ornamental popular. Tolerant of city conditions, Rhaphiolepis is extensively planted in urban areas in beds, hedges and in containers.

Characteristics

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 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'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No