The Japanese hawthorn (sharinbai) with pink flowers  a.k.a. Rhaphiolepis indica, is in the rosaceae family.

The tannin substance from the native tree is used in a 400 year-old technique for making dyes for pongo silk fabrics see this page.

Other info:

Family: Rosaceae
Japanese name: SHARINBAI
Plant type: evergreen tree
Habitat: coastal areas
Blooming season: May
Height: 2-6m
This species is utilized as a garden tree.


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