Rhaphiolepis indica 'Enchantress'
pink Indian hawthorn
One of the cultivars of Rhaphiolepis indica, the Indian hawthorn, a tough evergreen shrub from to southern China. 'Enchantress' is also known as 'Pinkie'. Thick, leathery, oblong leaves with toothed margins, dark green above, olive green beneath, developing a bronze tinge later in winter. Star-shaped, 5-petalled, pink with white flowers, 2-3 cm across, in clusters at the ends of branches, mainly during spring. Flowers are followed by small dark blue berries. Most named cultivars of Rhaphiolepis indica are smaller-growing than the species itself which usually reaches a height of about 2.5 m, but can grow even taller in suitable growing conditions.
Prefers a position in full sun and well-draining soil. In extremely hot climates, a partially shaded position is better. Tolerates coastal conditions, wind exposure, and relatively dry soils once established. Trim once a year after flowering to keep compact. Withstands hard pruning. Resents root disturbance. Moderate frosts to about -10 deg C.
Great choice for a coastal hedge. Also suitable as a filler, clipped specimen, container plant, or a shrub for flower display after the winter-flowering plants have stopped flowering, and just before the roses begin to flower.
Type of plantShrub - Evergreen
Size1-1.5 m tall and wide
Landscape Usehedge, flower display in coastal, exposed, and dry areas, container plant
- Temperature: Half hardy
- Light: Medium High
- Moisture: Low Medium
- Soil: Light Medium
- Wind tolerance: High
- Coastal tolerance: High