About Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Pink Lady’ (Indian Hawthorn)
This hardy evergreen shrub is called Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Pink Lady’ , commonly referred to as Indian Hawthorn. Its dark leathery leaves are serrate to oblong-lanceolateare and are complimented by clusters 1/2″ wide pink fragrant flowers in small 2-3″ panicles. It has a particularly long blooming season sometimes lasting from late winter/early spring into the fall season. Spent blooms are followed by inconspicuous dark blue fruit. When new leaves emerge they begin as a reddish-bronze color and quickly mature to dark green. As a fast growing specimen, you can expect its average landscape size to reach 4-6′ wide by 4-6′ tall. It is native to slopes, wooded areas along streams and hillsides in southern China.
Planting and Care Instructions
Using well-draining soil plant Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Pink Lady’ in an area that receives full sun to part shade. As a drought tolerant shrub Indian Hawthorn grows best when given light regular watering. Thriving in hot temperatures and coastal conditions, this hardy plant can withstand the harshest growing environments with minimal care. While it has an attractive round growth habit, you can prune to control spread and shape if desired.
Landscape Design Ideas
Indian Hawthorn makes a great addition to any low maintenance landscape design. Plant this shrub as a border or privacy screen. Mix this plant among other shrubs like Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ or Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ to add variety to a border planting. Or, consider planting it in multiples to cover a larger area or even as a container plant.
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