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Calisto Indian Hawthorne
In our gardens, 'Calisto' is the lowest growing of the Indian Hawthornes. More details below!

Calisto Indian Hawthorne

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Please Note:

We are discontinuing the Calisto Indian Hawthorne. Reason being, it gets the leaf spot here in the heat and humidity of the Southeast, which stresses the plant causing it to defoliate. At our location in north-central Georgia, the only two shrub-form, dwarf Indian Hawthorne varieties that we know for sure have shown good resistance to the leaf spot are 'Eleanor Tabor', which is a pink flowering variety, and 'Snowcap', which is a white flowering variety. We have both of these available right now (5/30/2018). That said, we are testing other new varieties but cannot say with confidence that they are leaf spot resistant. 

Calisto© Dwarf Indian Hawthorne
Rhaphiolepis indica 'Calisto'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Indian Hawthorne is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

In our gardens, 'Calisto' is the lowest growing of the dwarf Indian Hawthornes. Five year old plants are dense and about 18 inches tall with a spread of about 24 to 30 inches. We're thinking it might top out at 2 to 3 feet tall and maybe 3 to 4 feet wide at maturity. Calisto stands out from other Indian Hawthornes in other ways: it has the deepest green foliage of any with a signature curl to the leaves, and it has vibrant pink flowers that are deeper in color than any other Raphiolepis variety growing in our gardens. The flowers are produced in abundant clusters during spring and stand out beautifully against the dark foliage. New growth is burgundy in color and mature growth turns burgundy in winter. Good soil drainage is a must!

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a mound 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet or so wide, Calisto Indian Hawthorne is an ideal selection for use as an accent, in groupings or mass plantings, or as a low-maintenance hedge in home foundation plantings and landscape and flowering shrub borders. It also serves well as a colorful mass planting for erosion control on slopes and embankments. Can be grown in containers but likes growing in the ground better. A fine addition to bird gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs)

Spacing: 2' for solid hedge;  6' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Calisto Indian Hawthorne is easy to grow in well-drained moist soils of average fertility in full sun to part shade. Morning sun is a must to dry dew from the leaves. As with so many other ornamental shrubs, constantly soggy or wet soils can cause root rot and other harmful plant diseases. When established Indian Hawthorne are exceptionally drought tolerant. That said, during prolonged periods of summer drought established plant will appreciate an occasional deep soaking. Does not require pruning to maintain its naturally dense form.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Indian Hawthorne shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Flower Color:  Vibrant Pink
Flower Size:  Small, .25", in clusters
Flowering Period:  Early Spring, Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Single, in clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Very Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Very low when established.
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Drr (when established)
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect, Salt Air 

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