Plants That Survive & Thrive on the OBX – Indian Hawthorn

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!

Indian Hawthorn

Rhaphiolepis indica 

Indian Hawthorn is an evergreen shrub that is low maintenance and can be used as a border or hedge. It can handle a variety of tough coastal conditions making it the perfect addition to your Outer Banks landscape.

Indian Hawthorn

Indian Hawthorn blooms

In the spring, the flowers give off a sweet floral fragrance that attracts humans and pollinators alike. The blooms range in color from snow white to pastel pinks.


In the fall, the berries are a wonderful food source for the birds and wildlife.


Avoid wetting the leaves as it can be susceptible to Leaf Spot.



  • Full Sun to partial shade.
  • Salt and wind tolerant.
  • Moist, well-drained soil is preferred.
  • Drought tolerant once established.
  • Attracts Pollinators.
  • Winter hardy.


  •  Plant with plenty of space.
  • Avoid overhead irrigation.
  • Prune after flowering.

Pest & Diseases

  • Leaf Spot can be troublesome.
  • Susceptible to Fire Blight
  • Watch for Aphid, Nematodes, and Scale.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Written By

Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Posted on Jul 17, 2020
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