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Indian Hawthorn
Rosaceae
Rhaphiolepis indica


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub

Rosaceae Family

Rhaphiolepis Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Pink Lady


Location

Rhaphiolepis indica is a native of Asia, especially India and southern China.

Physical Description
Indian hawthornes are compact evergreen shrubs that grow 3 to 5 feet (1-1.5 m) in height eventually forming a mound that is about as wide as high. The oblong leaves are thick and leathery with serrated edges. They are dark green on top and lighter on bottom and 3-4 in (8-10 cm) in length. Star shaped flowers are held at branch tips in loose clusters and are white or light pink, with five petals, and may be lightly fragrant. Flowers are followed by blue-black fruits with 1 or 2 seeds and provide food for cedar waxwings and other berry eating birds


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Rosaceae
Rosales
Rosales
Order of Roses
NOX Clad
Nitrogen Bean Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
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Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Food Uses: The fruit is edible when cooked, and can be used to make jam

Other Notes: Dark blue, turquoise, and purple dyes are obtained from the fruit

Cultivation: Must have well drained soil whether in sun or part shade. Avoid overhead irrigation, especially at night. Leaf spot, scale, and fire blight may be problematic, but usually Indian hawthorns are quite rugged given proper conditions. Oil sprays are not recommended. Sun to part shade. Provide average moisture, this shrub is drought tolerant once established. USDA Zones 8-11

Propagation: Propagated by seeds and cuttings. Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a warm greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in February March in a warm greenhouse. Germination is variable. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5cm with a heel, September October in a frame





Indian Hawthorn




Indian Hawthorn


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