Clara White Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica Clara’)

Clara White Indian Hawthorn

Clara White Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Clara’) is a gorgeous native of southern China that grows into a mounded natural size! Filling out in lush leathery green leaves that emerge a fantastic coppery red! These are the perfect foil to loads of whitish blossoms and later the lovely purplish-black berries in the fall! As an added burst of color, the entire shrub takes on a purplish tint in the fall and into the winter!

Featuring flowers that are a cross between pinkish Jasmine blooms, or white apple blossoms. The five-pointed blooms have pinkish centers and white petals. The effect of pinkish buds and white blooms has a two-tone effect on the entire shrub! Clara White Hawthorn attracts loads of pollinators looking for a late-season feast because of the delicately sweet scent!

Clara White has a moderate growth rate for a broadleaf evergreen and thrives throughout the USDA growing zones 8 through 10. Because of the heat of summer, these blooms instead appear on your shrub from late winter into spring, bridging the gap between spring and summer flowering plants and extending your garden’s blooms.

Planting and Application:

Indian Hawthorn are wonderful foundation plantings and hedges, the glossy foliage shines in the sun! A modest-sized shrub growing 3-5 feet in height and width, evergreen Hawthorns are fantastic year-round privacy hedges and screening borders! Use as backdrops for garden borders and evergreen property definition! Mix and match with other evergreen Hawthorn for a varied look!

Clara White is a very xeric plant and looks great in those tricker locations with reduced moisture access. Rock Gardens and that hell strip along the road, a sidewalk, or the driveway are ideal locations for these lovely flowering evergreen bushes! A single specimen or accent lights up a garden and adds year-round greenery and late-season blooms to the border as an anchor!

Snip a few stems for indoor bouquets and include the fantastic foliage in your tablescapes, but be sure to leave a few on the bush for them to become the ornamental berries that birds love to eat! While deciduous Hawthorne are edible medicinal plants, it’s not recommended to try those remedies and recipes with these hybrid Indian Hawthorn.

  • Pink Buds & White Stary Blossoms
  • Delicately Fragrant & Attracts Pollinators
  • Broadleaf Evergreens With Coppery Red New Growth
  • Purple-Black Poms for Birds Persist All Winter
  • Hedges & Privacy, Screening, Xeric & Year-Round Specimens

Tips for Care:

Indian Hawthorn flowers, and grow best in full sun – at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Provide moderate moisture and an enriched, well-draining soil for best results, but once established, these shrubs can be quite drought-tolerant. Prune if needed when needed but wait until after the flowers fade to fully enjoy them to their fullest. These fantastic shrubs tolerate sandy soils and coastal areas well!

If you live in an area with high deer pressure, from the very first day you plant your Indian Hawthorn, spray it with deer repellant so that deer learn from day one that this plant doesn’t taste good. Reapply according to product directions to keep your shrubs from being damaged and to train your local population of deer to avoid your shrubs!

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune As Needed
  • Apply Deer Repellant Regularly

Clara White Indian Hawthorns are fantastic flowering broadleaf evergreens with year-round appeal and benefit wildlife, songbirds, and pollinators alike!

Clara White Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica Clara’) Details

Common name Clara White Indian Hawthorn
Botanical name Rhaphiolepis indica Clara'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 8-10
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Fall
Height 3 - 5 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink