When & How to Prune Indian Hawthorn Shrubs?


Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica), a native of Southern China, is an evergreen flowering shrub in the rose family. It grows from 4 to 5 feet high. It has a 4-foot spread in a mounded shape. In the spring the Indian hawthorn blooms in white to dark pink flowers that make way for dark berries in the fall. Hardy to USDA zones 7 to 10, the Indian hawthorn requires little care. Pruning is rarely necessary. Should you need to do some light pruning, spring is the ideal time.

Step 1

Prune when you want to improve your plant's form. Cut back any stray shoots that extend beyond the Indian hawthorn so that they are even with the plant.

Step 2

You need to prune to remove any diseased or damaged stems, according to the University of Florida. Cut them back to the branch from which they originate.

Step 3

Remove all pruning debris from the planting bed and rake the soil to the dripline. This is the tips of the longest branches.

Step 4

Fertilize after pruning with a fertilizer for acid-loving plants, such as azalea food. Apply the fertilizer according to package directions. Water the plant after fertilizing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rake
  • Fertilizer


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  • University of Florida: Indian Hawthorn Brings Spring Flowers
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