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RHAPHIOLEPIS indica (SNOW PINK™)

Image of Rhaphiolepis indica 'Sopink' (SNOW PINK™) PP14388

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS indica 'Sopink'(SNOW PINK™) PP14388

Plant Common Name

Indian Hawthorn

General Description

Widely used in warm-climate gardens, Indian hawthorn is a compact broadleaf, evergreen shrub native to southern China. Selected from seedlings raised in Alabama, Snow Pink™ is an improved form of this favorite shrub. It has a mounding habit, moderate to fast growth, and profuse flowering. It has proven to have good cold hardiness, salt tolerance and resistance to leaf spot and fireblight, a disfiguring bacterial disease.

From late winter through spring, 'Sopink' produces abundant clusters of fragrant, pink flowers which may be single or semi-double. The deep green, leathery, glossy leaves remain attractive through winter.

Easy to grow like most Indian hawthorns, Snow Pink (also known as ‘Sopink’) likes full sun and fertile, well drained, slightly acidic soil. It is a great accent plant in the foundation planting, and makes a tidy low hedge or backdrop for a flower border. It can also be grown under glass in cooler areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 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

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • 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, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes