The Q&A Archives: Indian Hawthorn

Question: I have been searching for a particular shrub. It is called Indian Hawthorn. It has flowers during the summer and winter. I saw this at one of our customers' house and I would like to plant a few of these in my yard also. The problem is, I cannot find these anywhere.

Answer: I think the reason you cannot find the shrub locally is that it doesn't grow well in the Pacific Northwest There are exceptions, such as in a protected spot in just the right microclimate, but generally speaking, it won't thrive in the PNW. Here's the rundown on the plant:
Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis) grows to 6 feet, but is easily kept small by pruning. It's an evergreen shrub; new growth is bronze; profuse apple-blossom-like bloom in late winter to early spring; dark blue fruits follow flowers.

Growing conditions: full sun to light shade, but those grown in shade will not be as compact and full. Well-drained moderately fertile garden soil is preferred along with shelter from drying winds.

Zone tolerance: USDA zones 8-10; Sunset zones 8-10, 12-24, 26, 28-31.

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