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COTONEASTER acutifolius

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER acutifolius

Plant Common Name

Peking Cotoneaster

General Description

Peking cotoneaster is a deciduous shrub with an upright form and arching, sprawling branches decorated with small red fruits in fall. This Chinese native has small, oval, dull, dark-green leaves that turn red in fall. Young twigs are hairy and bloom with tiny white and light-pink flowers so numerous they make the branches look sprayed with flock. Black berries develop by the end of summer and persist into fall or early winter. The shrub always seems to be a great social gathering place for small birds and critters.

Cotoneasters are vigorous growers and prefer well-drained soil and full sun. In mild winter climates, the plant may retain leaves. This tough, cold-hardy plant is often used as a sheared hedge or screen, or as a topiary, but is much more attractive if left to its natural, unpruned form.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No