Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster horizontalis

Common Name: Cotoneaster
Genus: Cotoneaster
Species: horizontalis

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

The glossy dark green leaves of  this small spreading deciduous shrub are studded with tiny pinkish-white flowers in May followed by bright red autumn berries. The leaves turn orange-red before they fall. The branches form a pretty herringbone pattern which means the plant looks stunning grown flat against a wall. It is also an excellent groundcover plant for a sunny border.

Garden care: After flowering lightly cut back any branches that spoil the symmetry of the plant and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. In autumn trim back lightly any branches that obscure the display of fruit.


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