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Rhaphiolepis indica, Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn

Common Name: Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn

Type: shrub

Family: Rosaceae

Zone: 7 to 10     Find Your Zone

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Width: 4 to 5 feet

Bloom Time: spring

Bloom Color: pink

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained, mildly acidic

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Pruning: Indian Hawthorn start setting next years flower buds before they are even done flowering. Once the flowers start to fade then it is time to start pruning Indian Hawthorn. May or June is when we prune our Indian Hawthorn here in Georgia.

The Indian hawthorn has great drought tolerance and can be planted in many different applications. This low growing plant makes a great specimen plant or can cover a lot of ground in a mass planting due to its exceptional width. It’s good on slopes due to its drought resistance. Hawthorn is a good alternative for azaleas in sunny areas. Other preferred cultivars of Indian Hawthorn include Clara, Snow and Calisto.

If you are looking something a little taller, take a look at Indian Hawthorn Umbellata.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-05-31T14:50:13+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL