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Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' - Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn Plant

Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' - Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn Plant

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Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' - Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn Plant

Your plant will be shipped with the roots wrapped in damp paper towels and with plastic and ready to plant upon arrival. The plant will be between 5” to 6” in height with well-developed roots. Planting guidelines will also be included.

Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' (Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn) - A slow growing, compact upright broadleaf evergreen well-branched shrub that grows to 4-7 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide with branches densely covered with 1 inch long leaves that are glossy dark green above and clustered at the end of branches with the coppery-red new growth. Tight clusters of lightly-fragrant white flowers bloom in late spring. Plant is full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally to little (along coast). Hardy to 10-15° F and plantable in USDA Zones 8 and above - marginal in Zone 7. Drought tolerant.

A great shrub for a foundation planting or low hedge and though long been marketed as only growing 2 to 3 feet tall, a 20 year old plant in part sun growing in our nursery garden is now approaching 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

Hawthorn Berry Uses

Indian Hawthorn berries grow on hedge-like bushes that have leathery, glossy green leaves. The plant produces pink-hued, star-shaped flowers that are virtually unscented but a favorite source of nectar for bees and other insects. The ink colored berries that follow are small and round, averaging a mere one or two centimeters in diameter. Indian Hawthorne berries are very firm and contain a single seed. Their flavor is incredibly tart and astringent and considered by most to be inedible when raw.

Indian Hawthorn berries' greatest culinary asset is that they contain concentrated levels of pectin. Their primary use is as a fruit additive to jams based on other fruits. Not only can the fruit be made into jams and jellies, but also into chutney and savory sauces for wild game. Complimentary ingredients include baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, other berries such as strawberries and huckleberries, apples, pears and persimmons, woodsy herbs, shallots, red wine and rich fatty meats.

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