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Rhaphiolepis umbellata

Rhaphiolepis umbellata is a species of flowering plant in the Rosaceae family, native to Korea and Japan. Growing to 1.5 m (5 ft) tall and wide, it is an evergreen shrub with glossy oval leaves, and scented white flowers, sometimes tinged with pink, in early summer.[2]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3] It is used in Japan as an astringent and a dyeing agent. The bark contains (−)-catechin 7-O-β-d-glucopyranoside and (+)-catechin 5-0-β-d-glucopyranoside.[4]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Rhaphiolepis umbellata". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Flavanol glucosides from rhubarb and Rhaphiolepis umbellata. Gen-Ichiro Nonaka, Emiko Ezakia, Katsuya Hayashia and Itsuo Nishioka, Phytochemistry, Volume 22, Issue 7, 1983, Pages 1659–1661, doi:10.1016/0031-9422(83)80105-8
Fruits look somewhat like little figs


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