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RHAPHIOLEPIS x delacourii 'Georgia Petite'

Image of Rhaphiolepis x delacourii 'Georgia Petite' PP9983

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

RHAPHIOLEPIS x delacourii 'Georgia Petite' PP9983

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Indian Hawthorn

General Description

The attractive Indian hawthorn ‘Georgia Petite’ is a low-growing, evergreen shrub with a dense, mounded habit. A hybrid with parents native to East Asia, it has good cold hardiness, is resistant to fungal leaf spot and offers an abundance of flowers from late winter to early spring.

All year round it has glossy, leathery leaves that are oval and have lightly toothed edges. New foliage is often red or bronze when it emerges and ages to a rich dark-green. The flowers are fragrant and appear in clusters at the ends of the branches. Each small pink fragrant bloom is star-shaped and fades to snowy white as it matures. The flowers give way to small rounded fruits that turn blue-black when ripe.

Like most Rhaphiolepis, ‘Georgia Petite’ is tough and easy to grow. Though drought tolerant, it prefers rich, well-drained soil on the acid side. Full to partial sun is best for good growth but light shade is tolerated, particularly in very hot climates.

This is a common plant for hedges because it takes well to pruning and is attractive all season. It withstands salt, so it's ideal for coastal communities, and its resistance to harsh urban conditions makes it especially useful in urban parks and gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • 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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • 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, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, 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

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No