Cotoneaster shrubs offer a unique combination of visual appeal, impressive versatility, and exceptional shaping potential. Beloved for their dense foliage that takes beautifully to pruning, Cotoneasters can be sculpted into stunning hedges, low-maintenance groundcovers, and even eye-catching topiaries. Their graceful branches, glossy leaves, and bright berry clusters add year-round interest, making them a staple for landscapers seeking adaptable plants with a touch of elegance.

What You Need To Know

  • Related to Roses: They belong to the Rosaceae family, which also includes roses, apples, and plums.
  • Global Origins: Cotoneaster species are native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
  • Symbolism: In some cultures, they represent resilience and adaptability.

Cotoneaster Specifications

  • Appearance: Foliage is often glossy green, with red berries common.
  • Size:
    • Groundcovers: Stay under 2 feet tall
    • Shrubs: Range from 2-10 feet depending on the variety
  • Growth Rate: 6-12 inches per year after establishment.
  • Lifespan: With good care, Cotoneasters can live for 20-50 years.
  • Light Requirements: Most prefer full sun to partial shade.
  • Soil: Adaptable, but prefer well-draining soil.
  • Water: Tolerant of drought once established but prefer regular moisture when young.
  • Hardiness Zones: Varies by species, but many are cold hardy.

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