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Commonly known as Indian hawthorn
EvergreenNarrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, deeply toothed, leathery, glossy, dark-green leaves 7-11cm (3-4½in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightBushy, spreading shrub. Produces flowers to 1.5cm (½in) across in loose clusters to 8cm (3in) long.
Will grow outside in milder locationsThis could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.Loam based compost, full light, in greenhouse.
Full sunShelter from cold, drying winds.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowIntroduced into UK by Robert Fortune, Scottish plant hunter, 1847.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originChinaResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of RHAPHIOLEPIS
apple-blossom pink flowers on a shrub with a dense rounded habit
white flowers sometimes tinted rose-pink and thick oval glossy leaves