Rosalinda Indian hawthorn growing the filtered
light of a camellia reaches almost to the top of a
you are looking for a special wow factor for the spring
landscape and you live in zone 8 or warmer then you have
to put the Rosalinda Indian hawthorne at the top of the
list. If you are thinking Indian hawthornes are ho-hum
plants then you havenít seen Rosalinda and
particularly the tree form, they will literally take
your breath away.
first saw these a few years ago at a meeting on the
Alabama Coast and was completely mesmerized. We are
growing several at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
in Savannah and the same can be said here as well.
you have grown Indian hawthornes before and might be
wondering the difference, think of the word monolithic.
The Rosalinda can reach 14 feet tall with a spread of 10
feet. They are disease resistant, heat tolerant, cold
tolerant to 10 degrees, salt tolerant, and produce
fragrant blooms numbering in the thousands of bright
pink flowers which bring in the first pollinators of the
leaves are much larger than other Indian hawthornes.
This gives them a more stately appearance as accent
plants in the landscape and will work in full sun to
part shade. Our oldest ones are in a tree canopied
camellia garden while our newest plants receive full
direct sun all day.
preparation plays an important role with Indian
hawthornes much like it does with azaleas and camellias.
Despite the fact you are planting a small tree donít
plant in the middle of turf but instead prepare a
typical shrub bed. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic
matter along with 2 pounds of a 5-10-5 fertilizer per
100 square feet.
your planting hole two to three times as wide as the
rootball and even wider if you are motivated. The wide
hole allows for the quickest root-expansion and
acclimation into your new shrub bed. Place the plant in
the hole with the top of the root ball even or just
slightly above the soil surface. Then apply a good layer
of mulch. This preparation will assure your new
Rosalinda will not sit in soggy wet soil.
and maintenance is not overly rigid. Feed your
established plants in late spring after bloom with about
one pound of a slow released balanced fertilizer per 100
square feet of bed area. Any pruning or shaping that is
needed is also best done after the spring bloom.
tree form Rosalinda allows it to be partnered well with
shorter shrubs whether they are compact azaleas or
camellias as we have in our garden or perhaps be planted
with the Purple Pixie which is the ultimate in dwarf
purple-leafed loropetalums. Spreading plum yew or dwarf
cleyera would both make a most photogenic companionship.
would also excel towering over spring or summer bulbs
like late narcissus or Spanish bluebells in the spring
or daylilies and agapanthus or Lily of the Nile in the
I am touting a Rosalinda a magnificent tall Indian
hawthorne hardy to zone 8, know that there are several
varieties that are typical in stature that will prove to
be disease resistant, and cold hardy to zone 7. Talk to
your certified nursery worker about these selections.