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RHAPHIOLEPIS (ELEANOR TABER®)

Image of Rhaphiolepis 'Conor' (ELEANOR TABER®) PP9398

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS 'Conor'(ELEANOR TABER®) PP9398

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Indian Hawthorn

General Description

Easy to grow and graced by beautiful fragrant flowers, Indian hawthorn Eleanor Tabor® is a dense, vigorous, spreading shrub. The leaves are leathery, glossy, oval, alternately arranged on the stems and have serrate edges – like a steak knife. New leaves are bronze when they emerge. The flowers are pink, semi-double and commonly appear in the spring. They are produced at the ends of the branches in loose clusters. Eleanor Tabor (also known as ‘Conor’) produces showy, apple-like, blue-black fruit after it flowers.

The parent species of ‘Conor’ is native to the warm and temperate regions of eastern Asia. A moderately sized, mounding-spreading evergreen, ‘Conor’ is beautiful in beds..

Indian hawthorn is tolerant of drought and poor soils, but prefers rich, well-drained soil that is on the acid side. Full sun is best for good growth, though this plant tolerates light to moderate shade, particularly in hot, humid climates. It also tolerates of wind, salt spray, cold and heat and is resistant to leaf-spot disease

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

    Pink

  • 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

    Semi-Double

  • 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

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No