Rafiolepis, shrub of great size and beauty

Rafiolepis also known as Rapiolepis or Rhaphiolepis belongs to the Rosaceae family, which includes about 15 species of perennial shrubs native to Korea and Japan. Being highly appreciated for its color and beauty that can stand out in the gardens.

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Rafiolepis characteristics

They are shrubs that can reach 3 m in height. The leaves are alternate, ovate, leathery, of a bright green color. The flowers are pink or white, which appear in terminal clusters and have 5 petals, bloom in early spring and produce fruit very similar to small apples. Characteristic that gives the name to the genus, since in Greek raphis means needle and lepis, scale.

Rafiolepis care

It is a species that can be used as an isolated specimen for small gardens, or to form groups. It requires a sunny exposure and protected from the wind and cold.

The soil can be a substrate for pots, as long as it has a good supply of organic matter. In case of transplantation, it should be carried out in the spring or autumn.

Regarding irrigation, it should be enough so that the soil is always humid, but without waterlogging, as it could cause serious problems. Also, it is better to water with lime-free water.

Shrubs are somewhat demanding on compost. So an annual contribution with organic matter and a contribution of mineral fertilizer will provide an excellent and vigorous flowering.

In general, it is a shrub that recovers very well to pruning work, as long as it is not too intense to shape the flowering.

It is a plant that is not usually attacked by the usual pests and diseases of the garden. But it would be advisable to do a periodic review to avoid any future problems.

It multiplies from seeds sown in the spring, or by cuttings at the end of the summer.

The fruits are edible, which when cooked can be used to make jam or jelly.

It is a shrub that becomes highly colored, so it would be worth having in the garden. So go for this beauty of a species and give that unique touch to the green space or garden. Do you like it? Did you know about it? If so, tell us about your experience.

Images courtesy of: Marianne DeSelle , Forest and Kim Starr

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