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COTONEASTER hessei

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James H. Schutte

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER hessei

Plant Common Name

Hess' Cotoneaster

General Description

This is a sprawling, low-growing deciduous shrub often used as a groundcover. The arching branches are covered with small, glossy green leaves that stay fresh the whole growing season. The tiny red-pink flowers appear in spring and attract bees. They are followed by bright-red fruits that remain eye-catching into winter. It prefers a sunny spot with well-drained soil. An established plant will tolerate drought but all fare poorly in hot, humid climates.

This is a handsome groundcover for adding variety to foundation plantings, for spilling over rocks and retaining walls and covering dry, sunny spots. It may be planted in groups and is best used in good-sized planting areas, or to block foot traffic. Happy plants need little pruning.

Nurseries offer this shrub by several names, including Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Hessei,' Cotoneaster 'Hessei,' and Cotoneaster x hessei .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm (14)

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (5)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No