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Clara Hawthorne

Raphiolepis indica 'Clara'

Clara Hawthorne


The Clara Hawthorne is a slow growing, large to medium (3’-4’ height), evergreen shrub ideal for any sunny garden. The neat, compact growth habit seldom needs pruning. High salt-tolerance makes any Indian Hawthorne especially useful for seaside plantings.

Use and Management

Use the Clara as a dense, large-scale informal hedge, foundation plantings or as a large foreground mass planting under trees or Crape Myrtles. Plant the Clara as a large accent plant in small areas, or mass plant in larger beds to produce a spectacular splash of spring color.

The rich, grey-green leaves are set off by a profusion of white flowers appearing in springtime. A second, less pronounced flower display maybe produced in the fall. Flowers are followed months later by somewhat showy, small, purplish-black berries.

Indian Hawthorne does best on well-drained soils and tolerates drought conditions well. Plants will not be as dense or flower well if grown in partial shade. In addition, plants in less than 6 hours of sun often lose foliage due to leaf spot disease. This is a perfect low-maintenance small shrub in the sun.


    Instant Landscape
  • Plant 24” OC for an instant landscape with a good budget.
  • Spec 5 or 7 gal containers

    Normal or budget Landscape
  • Plant 30” – 36” OC for budget landscapes.
  • Use 1 gal or 3 gal containers

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