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Rhaphiolepis indica 'Clara'

White India Hawthorn
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 3-5' x 3-5'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • White
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Hedge, Seacoast Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 8-10, 12-24


An evergreen staple in many western gardens, Rhaphiolepis ‘Clara’ forms a tidy 5’ tall and wide rounded shrub that bears numerous flowers in the spring. The flowers buds are pink but turn to white much like the leaves emerge red but fade to dark green with age. The pointed leaves are finely serrated and ½-3 inches long. Native to China, it soaks up sunshine but will be fine in partial shade too. Considered drought tolerant, it will do very well with moderate to light water, depending on exposure and climate. With the flowers come bees and with the fall berries come birds. Best in Sunset Western Garden zones 8-10 and 12-24, this Indian Hawthorn seems happy inland or at the coast. One of Boething Treeland’s most popular shrubs, we grow it in 1, 5, and 15 gallon containers.