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COTONEASTER adpressus 'Little Gem'

Image of Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem'

James H. Schutte

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER adpressus 'Little Gem'

Plant Common Name

Creeping Cotoneaster

Special Notice

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General Description

Creeping cotoneaster is among the finest of woody groundcovers, with its small, uniform, dark green leaves and contrasting, autumnal red berries. This deciduous, sprawling and spreading low shrub hails from western China, and will be evergreen in mild winter regions. The rigid, irregular branches are filled with tiny flowers in early summer. Upon close inspection, the petals are white with rosy edges, or vice-versa. Red fruits develop thereafter, deepening to a slightly dark red at the time in fall when, in colder regions, the leaves change to reddish-purple. Bees pollinate the blossoms, and the fruits are a delicacy for many birds.

Grow creeping cotoneaster in any well-drained soil in full to partial sun. Ideally the soil should be moist, but this low shrub tolerates drier conditions and is a good plant even in very alkaline ground or seaside gardens. It is a superb groundcover for small patches or expansive sweeps. There are denser, more compact cultivars such as 'Little Gem' or 'Tom Thumb' that are great for edging as well as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • 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

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Green, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No