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COTONEASTER salicifolius 'Repens'

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Mark Kane

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER salicifolius 'Repens'

Plant Common Name

Creeping Willowleaf Cotoneaster, Willowleaf Cotoneaster

General Description

Willowleaf cotoneaster is a graceful evergreen shrub that has an arching to spreading habit. It originates from the Himalayas, northern India and China. The cultivar 'Repens' is a mid-sized selection with a creeping habit. It is often grafted to the leader of a taller, more upright form of Cotoneaster to accentuate its trailing, weeping habit. Small, five-petaled, white-pink flowers appear along its leafy branches in spring. These are followed by bright red, elongated berries in fall that often persist into winter.

Willowleaf cotoneaster prefers full to partial sun and well draining, sandy loam. Partial sun is best in hot and arid locations. Plant ‘Repens’ in sunny borders or rock gardens. The grafted form may be enjoyed as a focal plant or combined with other shrubs in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (3)

  • Width

    8'-8' / 2.4m - 2.4m (8)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Purple, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes