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common name: Yeddo Hawthorn
synonyms: Raphiolepis umbellata
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: blue
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
Low growing dense bushy evergreen with rounded, thick, leathery, dark green leaves which are reddish tinted when young. Fragrant, hawthorn-like, sometimes pink-tinged, white flowers in summer, followed by small bluish-black berries.
Moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. Best in a protected position with shelter from cold, drying winds. Good near the sea, tolerant of salt spray.
From seed or half-ripe cuttings
Native to Eastern Asia and Japan. Often found growing in thickets near the coast.
pronounced: raf-ee-oh-LEP-iss um-bell-AH-tuh