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COTONEASTER dammeri 'Lowfast'

Image of Cotoneaster dammeri 'Lowfast'

Mary S. Thomas

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER dammeri 'Lowfast'

Plant Common Name

Bearberry Cotoneaster, Lowfast Cotoneaster

General Description

Lowfast cotoneaster is a vigorous, hardy, evergreen shrub with a spreading habit and decorative red fruit in fall. A selection from a central China native, ‘Lowfast’ matures at the same low height as its parent. Its glossy green foliage is accompanied by a profusion of tiny white or pale pink flowers in late spring, making the wispy shrub look almost flocked with bloom. In fall the branches fill with red berries and by winter the foliage takes on a purplish hue in the cold.

Bearberry cotoneaster grows best in moist, well-drained soil and full or partial sun, but is adaptable to many soil types. It is an ideal groundcover for rockeries or low banks, or along the edge of a stone patio or walk, or in seaside gardens. In time, with the excessive growth of twigs, it becomes an unkempt plant that should be re-shaped by a strict pruning, which it will endure without complaint. Fireblight and lacebugs can cause problems for this species, especially in warmer areas of its hardiness range.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No