Indian Hawthorn
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Indian Hawthorn
E Introduced Photo: Sarika Ahuja
Common name: Indian Hawthorn, Hong Kong hawthorn
Botanical name: Rhaphiolepis indica    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Crataegus indica, Mespilus indica, Pyrus rhaphiolepis

Indian Hawthorn is a relatively small shrub that naturally grows in a neat, rounded shape but can grow up to 3-6 feet tall. Despite its common name, it doesn't naturally grow in India. It comes from China and other parts of SE Asia. It features slightly bronze leaves that mature to a deep green color. Its oblong leaves are roughly 5-10 cm long with a leathery texture and sawtoothed edges. In the spring, the shrub bears showy, fragrant, light pink or white flowers that grow in panicles, with many or few flowers. Flower-stalks and flower-cluster-stalks are rusty-woolly. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm across, petals white or pink, obovate or lanceshaped, 5-7 x 4-5 mm, velvet-hairy basal, blunt tip. Stamens are 15, as long or shorter than the petals. Small, dark blue fruits appear after the shrub flowers and can remain on the plant through winter unless they're eaten by wildlife.

Identification credit: Sarika Ahuja Photographed in cultivation.

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