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Bearberry cotoneaster is a vigorous, evergreen shrub with a low, spreading habit. Native to central China, it has small, glossy, green leaves and tiny white flowers in late spring, so numerous they make the wispy shrub look snow-laden, almost like a Spiraea. In fall, the branches fill with red berries and by winter the leaves take 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 the ideal groundcover for rockeries or low banks, along the edge of a stone patio or walk, or in seaside gardens. It can look ratty with age and should be pruned back every few years to retain a more presentable form. The cultivars available vary mainly in their mature heights or abundance of fruit. Fireblight and lacebugs can cause problems for this species, especially in warmer areas of its hardiness range.
8 - 3
5 - 8
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
8"-18" / 20.3cm - 45.7cm (12)
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m (7)
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Purple, Dark Green
Foundation, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall
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