About fourteen species of Rhaphiolepis are native to Asia.
Dwarf forms of Indian hawthorn are commonly cultivated on campus. These low
evergreen shrubs have attractive clusters of white flowers in spring. Flowers
are followed by small blue-black berries in fall.
Plants can be seen in parking lot 2 in front of the library.
Medium-sized shrub to about six feet tall. Dwarf cultivars are dense shrubs to about three feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant once established
Soil: average soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements
Give Indian hawthorn a sunny, well-drained site for best
results. It is susceptible to leaf fungal attacks where it is kept too moist
and air circulation is poor. In our area, they flower in late February and
early March. New leaves have a reddish cast for a few weeks.
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