Georgia Petite Indian Hawthorn
Rhaphiolepis x delacourii 'Georgia Petite'
|Description||A greatly improved selection prized for its strong disease resistance and dense, compact growth habit, accentuated by dark green foliage. Abundant, white, popcorn-like flowers emerge from pink buds, followed by dark blue ornamental berries. Very useful in both small and large-scale landscapes, low hedges or as a groundcover. Evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Compact Form|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge|
|Design Ideas||An 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.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Companion Plants||Aucuba (Aucuba); California Lilac (Ceanothus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster); Loropetalum (Loropetalum)|
|Care||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.|
|Lore||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.|
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