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Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster spp.

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cotoneaster Overview

Cotoneasters are popular in horticulture as specimen plants, having attractive foliage and saucer-shaped, white to dark pink flowers in spring or summer. These are followed by an abundance of red (sometimes yellow or white) berries that are attractive to birds. The genus Cotoneaster contains hundreds of deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen species of trees and shrubs which originate from woodland and rocky areas in Northern temperate regions. Some Cotoneaster species are used effectively as hedging or ground cover plants. They are particularly useful for training against walls and dwarf varieties are often seen in rock gardens. Cotoneasters tolerate some shade and require soil on the dry side as they are intolerant of waterlogging.

Common problems with Cotoneaster

How to propagate Cotoneaster

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe (evergreen and semi-evergreen) or greenwood (deciduous) cuttings in late summer.

Seed

Special features of Cotoneaster

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Hedge plant

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Ground cover

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