Synonyms: sometimes spelled Raphiolepis
Raphiolepis are tough but pretty shrubs. Flowers have something of the look of cherry or apple blossom, look in shades of pink or white. s such Rhaphiolepis compliments a traditional cottage or English-influenced style garden.
Most types available in Australia are cultivars or hybrids of R. indica or R. x delacourii.
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. Unfortunately, information about berry formation on new varieties is difficult to find.
The old R. indica variety can reach almost the size of a small tree with sufficient age, but can be readily controlled by pruning, either as a bushy shrub or a trunked tree. Some selections tend to be naturally compact.
For example, 'Apple Blossom' is a pink-flowered variety which has been around for quite a long time and grows ~1-1.5 metres. By comparison, Raphiolepis Cosmic Pink™ is a relatively new pink cultivar, which the distributors say is naturally compact up to 80cm in size.
Raphiolepis Cosmic White™ is larger (to ~2m) but is said to have larger flowers than usual.
'Springtime', 'Oriental Pearl', 'Spring Rapture', 'Little Bliss' are some other varieties you could investigate.
Where to buy Rhaphiolepis
You have a good chance of finding at least one cultivar of Raphiolepsis in garden centres throughout most of Qld.
Rhaphiolepis in the Landscape
Examples of common, old-fashionedRhaphiolepis, as seen in Brisbane. Flowering season is late August/September.
A pink-flowered cultivar, possibly 'Apple Blossom' (Brisbane, early September, 2016)
More Online Information
'Intermedia') At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about invasive ornamentals and safer alternatives)
) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Rhaphiolepsis indica Rhaphiolepsis indica
. Univ Florida (PDF)
Indian Hawthorn Rhaphiolepsis indica
. Nassau County Extension, Florida (PDF)
Possible misspellings: Raphiolepsis, Rhaphiolepsis