Synonyms: sometimes spelled Raphiolepis
Most types available in Australia are cultivars or hybrids of R. indica or R. x delacourii.
Rhaphiolepis complients a traditional style garden. The old R. indica variety can reach almost the size of a small tree with sufficient age, but can be readily controlled by pruning. Newer selections tend to be more naturally compact, and come in a range of flower colours in whites and pinks.
Berry-producing cultivars are frowned on in Queensland these days, for fear of them being spread by birds and becoming weeds. Trim immediately after flowering to prevent berry formation, or select a sterile cultivar.
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Where to buy Rhaphiolepis
You have a good chance of finding at least one cultivar of Raphiolepsis in garden centres throughout most of Qld.