Indian Hawthorn – Rhaphiolepis indica

This evergreen bush is from South China and India. It grows in a mound form that is often as high as round (approx 3-5 ft). The leaves are thick (almost succulent looking), serrated on the edges and dark green on the tops. The flowers are formed at the branch tips in loose clusters. They can be white or pink, and carry a slight fragrance. The flowers are followed by fruits that are blue-black upon maturity and attract birds, notably the cedar waxwing.

The fruit is very useful. It is edible and often made into jam. The fruit also produces dark blue, turquoise, and purple dyes.

Indian Hawthorn

Indian Hawthorn

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