Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Ballerina’

(Ballerina Indian Hawthorn)

By May 24, 2023
Cluster of pink star shaped flowers on a Rhaphiolepis indica 'Ballerina', Ballerina Indian Hawthorn, bush

About Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Ballerina’ (Ballerina Indian Hawthorn)

This evergreen shrub is called Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Ballerina’. An exceptional bloomer, this variety features an array of flowers from winter through spring with a beautiful backdrop of dark leathery green leaves. Its star-shaped, five petaled flowers are light pink in color with red and yellow centers. After blooming, its flowers produce small blue-black berries which are often enjoyed by local wildlife. In some cultures, historically these berries have been used to treat heartburn. Other varieties of Rhaphiolepsis have berries that are unpalatable and some are even toxic. Known to be low maintenance, this compact shrub is drought tolerant, and tolerates coastal winds exceptionally well once established. At maturity, its average landscape size reaches 2-2.5′ x 3-4′.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Ballerina Indian Hawthorn in an area that receives full to partial sun exposure and plant using a well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help it establish quickly, then reduce frequency. As an easy care plant, pruning isn’t required.

Landscape design ideas

Plant Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Ballerina’ in containers or as a low growing hedge. It works well when planted in street medians or as a border to frame a property line or fence.

Botanical Name: Rhaphiolepis indica 'Ballerina'

Common Name: Ballerina Indian Hawthorn

Average Landscape Size: 2-2.5' x 3-4'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Light pink

Berry Color: Blue-black

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 & 5 gallon

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Easy Pruning, Local Pollinator, Low Maintenance, Ornamental Plant, Showy Spring Flowers, Year-round Interest,