Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
Introduced from its native western China in 1919, cranberry cotoneaster is a clump-forming deciduous shrub with a low spreading habit. It bears pink flowers in early summer followed by cranberry-sized red fruit in the fall. Along with the autumn fruit display, this plant’s leaves turn ablaze with red, red-purple and bronze color. Its stems are purple-red and when broken, smell of maraschino cherries.
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 as a foundation plant or large groundcover. It makes a nice addition to rock gardens or mixed borders and may even be trained into an espaliered form.
7 - 5
5 - 7
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
Early Summer, Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Red, Purple, Bronze
Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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