• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    As a tree, 15-25 ft. tall, 8-10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:raf-i-OL-e-pis HIB-rid
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24, 26, 28 - 31
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:As a tree, 15-25 ft. tall, 8-10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasMay be the most versatile of all evergreen shrubs. Excellent cover for foundation planting that takes afternoon sun in summer. Well proven for parking lots and along driveways where reflected heat is problematic. Outstanding structural bloomer for back of beds and borders. Suited to making a casual naturalistic privacy screen or sheared into sheared into a more formal hedge. Size is ideal for a small tree in courtyards, urban gardens and in limited front yards.
    Companion PlantsIts pearlescent white to pink blossoms stand out in spring when mixed in a border with Greenlane Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei 'Greenlane'), Bronze New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum Compactum'), Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis lanata), Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica) and similar foliage plants. When trained as a small tree, underplant with drifts of Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), Lipstick Strawberry Plant (Fragaria x 'Lipstick'), and Wayne Roderick Fleabane (Erigeron x 'Wayne Roderick').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Raphiolepis is one of the few plants that has no known human uses.