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Products > Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor'
Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' - Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rosaceae (Roses)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Raphiolepis, Rhaphiolepis ovata 'Minor']
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' (Dwarf Yeddo Hawthorn) - A slow growing, compact upright broadleaf evergreen well-branched shrub that grows to 4-7 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide with branches densely covered with 1 inch long leaves that are glossy dark green above and clustered at the end of branches with the coppery-red new growth. Tight clusters of lightly-fragrant white flowers bloom in late spring. Plant is full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally to little (along coast). Hardy to 10-15 F and plantable in USDA Zones 8 and above - marginal in Zone 7. Drought tolerant. A great shrub for a foundation planting or low hedge and though long been marketed as only growing 2 to 3 feet tall, a 20 year old plant in part sun growing in our nursery garden is now approaching 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide. The species Rhaphiolepis umbellata is native to both Japan and Korea, Taiwan, and Eastern Zhejiang Province of Mainland China. We first received this plant in 1988 and understood that it was a US National Arboretum introduction but it is not now listed as such in their online list of plant introductions. This plant is sometimes listed as the cultivar 'Yedda' and Hines Nurseries has used the trademarked name Gulf Green to market this plant since 1992. The name Rhaphiolepis comes from the Greek words 'rhaphis' meaning "needle" and 'lepis' meaning "scale" and is thought to describe the unique flower bract architecture - it is often misspelled as Raphiolepis. The common name refers to Yeddo (sometimes written Yedo), the capital and largest city in Japan, which is now called Tokyo. The Plant List, the collaboration between Missouri Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, lists the name for this plant as Rhaphiolepis rubra var. minor but also notes this is an unresolved name so we will continue to list it as Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' as we have done since first offering this great plant in our 1989 catalog. 

This information about Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.