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Majestic Beauty Indian hawthorn

Rhaphiolepis ‘Majestic Beauty’


Please note:

For most situations, we would not recommend installing this plant in new gardens, landscapes, or plantings in southern California.

Depending on the context and size of plant desired, we recommend considering planting toyon, sugar bush, lemonade berry, or Catalina cherry instead.

This plant profile is included in this site as a reference for two primary reasons:

  1. If you already have this plant in your landscape, this information can be used to know how to care for it.
  2. If you already have this plant in your landscape, you can use this information to learn which of our recommended plants have the same recommended watering needs, making them potential choices for grouping together if you will be adding new plants to the existing area.

In general, instead of this plant, we recommend planting appropriate California native plants whenever possible.

In addition to their beauty, California native plants offer the most additional benefits beyond just low water use, including habitat for the birds, butterflies, and pollinators who evolved here with them. This adds value and beauty in your landscape beyond just a pretty plant, allowing the landscape to actively contribute to the environment instead of just using less water. You can find our top recommended native plant choices on our Plant Finder by selecting “California Native” and learn more about California native plants here.

To learn what exactly California native plants are and how they are different from other low water plants, visit this link.

For visual interest or other reasons, some people may also want to mix in other non-native low-water demanding plant choices even though they do not have the same ecological value as native plants. For that reason, we feature a number of non-native waterwise selections on this site as well. However, we see native plants as the best “go to” for most landscape or garden choices! We encourage people to consider planting at least 50% of their landscape to native plants. See our Garden Designs section or visit our Waterwise Demonstration Garden in Montclair for plenty of inspiration.


The Majestic Beauty Indian hawthorn is a large evergreen shrub to small tree with a vigorous growth rate and robust foliage and flower character. Large leaves and grow grow 3-4 in. long, are leathery, deep green and have coarsely toothed margins. Large clusters of bright pink flowers cover the plant in early to mid-spring.

Majestic Beauty Indian hawthorn can be grown as a mounding shrub 8-10 ft. tall or as a patio and courtyard tree where it can eventually reach 12-18 ft. in height. It is highly adapted to Inland Empire gardens and grow well in sunny locations and with moderate amounts of water. It shows great adaptability to most soils and is a reliable and easy to maintain plant. Good staking is recommended for patio trees to keep the trunk upright and to hold up the canopy.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Silt, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Frost, Aridity, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Flowering accent plant, Civic spaces, Background plant, Specimen, Screening, Parks and open space
Height: 8 ft. – 18 ft.
Width: 8 ft. – 18 ft.

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