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RHAPHIOLEPIS 'Pink Lady'

Image of Rhaphiolepis 'Pink Lady'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS 'Pink Lady'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Indian Hawthorn

General Description

Easy to grow and graced with beautiful fragrant flowers, Indian hawthorn ‘Pink Lady’ is a spreading, well-branched, vigorous shrub. Its leaves are leathery, glossy, elliptical, alternately arranged on the stems, and have serrate edges – like a steak knife. New foliage is red/purple or bronze when it emerges. The abundant dark pink flowers are single and commonly appear in the spring. They are produced at the ends of the branches in loose, branched clusters. Each flower is star-shaped and has pointed petals. The flowers of ‘Pink Lady’ give way to showy, apple-like, blue-black fruit.

A selection from the genus Rhaphiolepis, native to the warm and temperate regions of eastern Asia, ‘Pink Lady’ is large to moderately sized, mounding-spreading in form, evergreen, and beautiful in beds. It also makes a nice screen or tub specimen tree.

Like other Indian hawthorns, ‘Pink Lady’ tolerates drought and poor soils, but prefers rich soil with ample drainage that is on the acid side. Full sun is best for good growth, but this shrub tolerates light to moderate shade, particularly in hot, humid climates. It also tolerates wind and salt spray

Attractive foliage and flowers and a tough pruneable 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

  • 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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • 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, Red, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Purple, Dark Blue, Blue Violet, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Orange, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • 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, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No