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COTONEASTER microphyllus 'Emerald Spray'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER microphyllus 'Emerald Spray'

Plant Common Name

Emerald Spray Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Littleleaf Cotoneaster

General Description

The distinctive arching branches and dense foliage of ‘Emerald Spray’ offer this tough evergreen shrub extra appeal. Littleleaf cotoneaster is a spreading low-maintenance shrub that originates from the Himalayas, northern India and China. It has a low-growing habit with dense interlacing branches that arch gracefully giving the plant a soft appearance.

In spring, littleleaf cotoneaster produces tiny single rose-like flowers of pale-pink. These appear among the small dense dark green leaves. Masses of brilliant red berries appear in fall and last through winter. The bright fruits appeal to hungry birds and garden admirers alike.

Grow Cotoneaster in full to partial sun and average to fertile well-drained sandy loam. Once established, it will tolerate dry conditions. Littleleaf cotoneaster withstands pruning, even bonsai, but looks best if its natural habit is encouraged and it's not sheared. Plant it in a large space where it can spread. It may be planted for erosion control or in a low maintenance sunny garden or foundation planting. It is also suited to oceanside landscapes because it demonstrates good tolerance to salt spray.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Nepal

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Alpine, Foundation, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No