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COTONEASTER apiculatus 'Tom Thumb'

Image of Cotoneaster apiculatus 'Tom Thumb'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER apiculatus 'Tom Thumb'

Plant Common Name

Cranberry Cotoneaster, Tom Thumb Cotoneaster

General Description

Originating from western China, Tom Thumb cranberry cotoneaster is a dwarf, clump-forming deciduous shrub with a low spreading habit. Its small medium green leaves turn ablaze with red color in fall, and its stems smell of maraschino cherries when broken. This slow-growing dwarf seldom bears flowers or fruit. Cranberry cotoneaster is less troubled with disease and insects than other cotoneasters and grows best where winters are cold. Provide it with average, well drained soil and full sun. In the landscape it works well in rock gardens and formal garden settings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No