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COTONEASTER adpressus var. praecox
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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.
10 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Black
Yellow, Red, Green, Orange
Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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