Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
This upright deciduous shrub is notable for a display of red berries and vibrant red-purple leaves in autumn. The many upright branches of this native of central and western China bear dark green glossy leaves. In very late spring or early summer, scores of tiny, pinkish white flowers line the branches, and once pollinated by bees produce dark red berries in clusters. The fall foliage is glowing red to reddish-purple and is long lasting, as are the fruits.
Spreading cotoneaster is an adaptable shrub, tolerating a wide range of soils and pH but performing best in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full to partial sun. It makes a terrific hedge or screen, sheared or not, but an unpruned, natural look is prettiest and best for the display of flowers and fruits. Grow it as a specimen in any urban landscape, as a foundation shrub, or as a windbreak near the sea.
7 - 4
5 - 7
1a, 1b, 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
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Light Pink, Rose
Red, Burgundy, Orange Red
Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break
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