Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica)

Shrub
Crataegus indica.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Indian Hawthorn
Rhaphiolepis indica
Rosaceae

Plants can be used for informal hedging in areas that are frost free or almost so[200].

Dark blue, turquoise and purple dyes are obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit. [1, 2, 105]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[266]. No more details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a warm greenhouse[78]. Stored seed should be sown in February/March in a warm greenhouse[78]. Germination is variable[78]. 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. Fair percentage[78, 113]. Layering[200].
Requires a well-drained moisture retentive fertile loam or peaty soil in a warm sheltered sunny position[200]. Tolerates all but the hottest desert climates[184]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardier in Britain than is generally supposed, tolerating temperatures down to about -10¡c[184]. Plants succeed outdoors in S. Cornwall[11, 49, 59] but are generally best grown on a sunny south-facing wall[11]. Plants do not require pruning[182]. A polymorphic species, there are a number of named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and so are best grown in pots and then planted out into their permanent positions as soon as possible[200].
E. Asia – S. China from Yunnan eastwards.

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