Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis) is a versatile shrub that can add year-round interest to any garden or landscape. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider adding Indian Hawthorn to your outdoor space:
To grow Indian Hawthorn, it is best to plant it in well-draining soil in a spot that gets full to partial sun. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but it does not do well in constantly wet soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to help the shrub establish itself, but after that, it should be able to tolerate dry spells.
As for pruning, Indian Hawthorn does not require much. You can just shape it as you’d like after the spring bloom period, but be careful not to cut into old wood as this can damage the shrub. Indian Hawthorn is generally pest and disease-resistant, making it a hassle-free addition to any garden.
Indian Hawthorn is native to Asia and was introduced to the United States in the 1800s. Since then, it has become a popular landscape plant in the southern states due to its versatility and low-maintenance requirements. Its popularity has led to the development of many different cultivars with varying flower colors and foliage shapes.