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RHAPHIOLEPIS x delacourii
Hybrid Indian Hawthorn
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The attractive hybrid Indian hawthorn Rhaphiolepis x delacourii is an evergreen shrub with a dense mounded habit. It has good cold hardiness and offers an abundance of white or pink blooms, depending on variety from late winter to spring. The original plant crossing was accomplished in France around 1869.
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. Its fragrant flowers appear from late winter to spring. They are produced in clusters at the ends of the branches. Each small bloom is star-shaped. These give way to small rounded fruits that turn blue-black when ripe.
Rhaphiolepis 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.
8 - 11
H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Red, Pink
Blue, Purple, Dark Blue, Blue Violet, Black
Green, Orange, Dark Green, Bronze
Green, Dark Green
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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