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Indian hawthorn

Rhaphiolepsis indica

Cherry laurel (Eng.), Indiese meidoring(Afr.)

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An aesthetically pleasing perennial shrub, the Indian hawthorn looks great year round and becomes a focal point of any garden in spring. Grown for its decorative pink or white flowers, the Indian Hawthorn is a popular choice in bonsai culture. Not only is this a highly ornamental addition to any garden, but it also serves the purpose of its being used in culinary applications.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

The mature fruit can be harvested by hand.

Propagation

Cuttings
Semi-hardwood cuttings are taken and treated with growth hormone before placing them in damp soil.

Special features

Hedge plant
Planted close together, they form a dense hedge. You can also use rows of Indian hawthorn as barriers or dividers between sections of the garden.
Pot plant
Plants grow well in containers, given sufficient drainage holes, so you can use them on patios, decks and porches too.
Drought resistant
Once established, the Indian hawthorn tolerates moderate drought.
Attracts birds
Birds, like the cedar waxwing, love to chow down on the fruit.

Geography

Origin
South East Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
The fruit is edible when cooked, and can be used to make jam.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
Pink or white
Scent
Mild

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