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Rhaphiolepis umbellata

Yeddo hawthorn

R. umbellata is a slow-growing, small evergreen shrub of rounded habit with leathery, broadly-oval leaves and fragrant white flowers 2cm in width, in terminal panicles in early summer, followed by small, fleshy black fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Black
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Rhaphiolepis are evergreen shrubs or small trees, with leathery, dark green leaves and terminal panicles of white or pink-tinged flowers in early summer, followed by black fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Japan, Korea

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a sheltered area out of drying or cold winds in a moist, moderately fertile soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or layering in autumn. Propagate by seed sown under heated glass in full light

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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