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COTONEASTER coriaceus

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James H. Schutte

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER coriaceus

Plant Common Name

Clusterberry

General Description

The glossy green foliage and clusters of bright red berries in fall and winter make clusterberry a beautiful shrub for well-drained soils. An evergreen native to the Yunnan Province of western China, it attains a rounded, mounding, yet spreading form with loose, reddish branches that arch. The leaves are exquisitely oval and deeply veined, ranging in color from light to dark-green above, with a yellowish-white, fuzzy underside. In late summer small white flowers are produced on small branched clusters, known as cymes. After bees pollinate the flowers, the renowned oval red berries mature by late summer and last well into winter.

Grow clusterberry in full to partial sun in a well-drained but moist soil. However, this species is very tough, adaptable to drier and nutrionally poor soils, drought, wind, saltspray, and excessive heat. It is most beautiful if allowed to grow in its natural, informal form as a specimen shrub or informal hedge. Its long, arching form and persistent winter fruits lends itself into use as a spectacular espalier.

Clusterberry has the potential to become quite invasive because of its tough adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions coupled with its ability to produce thousands of fertile, seeded fruits. Check locally to ensure there are no regulations regarding the use of this shrub.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • 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, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes