Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
This is a spreading low maintenance shrub for the landscape. Littleleaf cotoneaster is an evergreen native to the Himalayas, northern India and China. It has a low-growing habit with dense interlacing branches. Its primary branches trail, spread horizontally and root as they touch the soil. The secondary branches are arching and arc above the other branches giving the plant a softer 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 this 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 this evergreen 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. Several selections exist, such as the miniature 'Cooperi' and 'Emerald Spray' and the favorite variety for bonsai thymifolius, which has super small leaves.
8 - 1
4 - 8
A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m (6)
India, Nepal, China
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
Red, Dark Red
Foundation, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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