• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, 3 1/2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dwarf Hedge Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:raf-i-OL-e-pis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, 3 1/2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasAn outstanding performer that offers multi-season interest for smallish homes. Choice grouped into foundation planting. Short stature is perfect beneath large picture windows. Use in mixed borders as singles or grouped for larger color splash. Line up into informal hedge or edging along pavement. Plant along the base of picket fences or to cloak seat wall footings. Well behaved choice for raised planters.
    Companion PlantsAucuba (Aucuba); California Lilac (Ceanothus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster); Loropetalum (Loropetalum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually 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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Indian hawthorn cultivars link back to one primary species, Raphiolepis indica, a native of southern China and Indonesia. It's native habitat is hillsides from sea level to four thousand feet in elevation. Of the six wild species only two are in cludinvation. The genus was named by John Lindley, among th emost influential directions of the Royal Horticultural Society. It's common name, hawthorne is a misnomer as it was originally grouped with true hawthornes in their genus Crataegus. Though common in the wild in Asia, they were never garden plants there.
    Entomosporium leaf spot fungus has plagued Indian Hawthorn in the southern United States. Dr. Will Corley's efforts to breed fungus resistant varieties at the University of Georgia has yielded 'Georgia Petite'. It is derived from R. delacourii, itself a hybrid of R. indica and R. umbellata bred decades ago by M. Delacour at Cannes, France.