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COTONEASTER dammeri

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER dammeri

Plant Common Name

Bearberry Cotoneaster

General Description

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.

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

    8"-18" / 20.3cm - 45.7cm (12)

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m (7)

  • 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

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • 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, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No