Clara Indian Hawthorn
Rhaphiolepis indica 'Clara'
Clara Indian Hawthorn foliage
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
A stunning disease resistant variety that produces profuse clusters of white flowers; bright reddish-orange new foliage matures to a deep glossy green, with deep maroon winter foliage; excellent groundcover, accent, or foundation shrub
Clara Indian Hawthorn features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges indian red in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn burgundy in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Clara Indian Hawthorn is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Clara Indian Hawthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Clara Indian Hawthorn will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.