Monday, December 15, 2008
Indian hawthorn, Rhaphiolepis indica, is a shrub that has been overused in southern California landscapes. It is tough, drought tolerant, easily sheared into hedges, not particularly disease or insect prone, and is available in many forms throughout the nursery trade. It also can be left to grow naturally into a loose fluffy shrub that blooms like a mad dog in early spring. Bees like this very much. The one in my yard (a refugee from someone else's landscape job) was caught in very early bloom recently. This is 'Clara' with mostly white blossoms and bright green leaves.