Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) is a large shrub that reach up to 5-10ft tall and 4-6ft wide, making it a great choice for hedges, edging and foundation plantings. Plant prefers full sun or semi-shade and moderate water. Indian hawthorn is known for its beautiful, fragrant, white and off-white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It is best to prune them lightly in early spring to retain a more compact form.
When it comes to planting, make sure to choose a spot where they can get plenty of sun or partial shade. Indian hawthorn requires well-drained soil, so if your soil is not well drained, it is best to plant in raised beds. The soil should also be kept moist but not over-watered. It is also important to fertilize the area around the shrub a few times a year.
For cold regions, it is best to grow Indian hawthorn in a pot. Place the pot in a sheltered area, making sure to protect it from frost and winter winds. Also, be sure to bring the pot inside during very cold weather. Indian hawthorn is quite hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as mid-20s F for a short period of time. So with proper care, you can enjoy the beauty of Indian hawthorn in any climate!