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COTONEASTER x suecicus

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

COTONEASTER x suecicus

Plant Common Name

Bearberry Cotoneaster

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General Description

Hybrid bearberry cotoneaster is a dwarf evergreen shrub that forms a broad, low mound of shiny, rounded, dark green leaves with colorful berries in fall. It was formed by the cross of two other species,Cotoneaster dammeri with C. conspicuus. In late spring and early summer, tiny rose-shaped white flowers appear on its arching branches which are normally pollinated by bees. Abundant bright orange-red berries mature in fall, attracting birds well into the start of winter, when the foliage becomes slightly bronzed by the cold.

Hybrid bearberry cotoneaster plants excel in full to part sun and moist but well-drained soil, but will tolerate drought once established. This is a great choice for erosion control on slopes, in parking lot medians, or for other places where an attractive, billowing and seasonally-interesting evergreen groundcover is needed. Selection 'Coral Beauty' has magenta or coral-red berries.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • 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, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes