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Cranberry Cotoneaster

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Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus) – This medium-sized groundcover is one of the most popular shrubs for general landscape use. It has a mounded spreading habit with dense, tightly held branches. Pretty pink flowers bloom in the spring, followed by striking red fruit in the fall. This versatile plant is perfect for any garden.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Cotoneaster
Species:
apiculatus
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
should not need pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Cranberry Cotoneaster is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to late fall. It features tiny clusters of pink flowers along the branches in late spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cranberry Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Cranberry Cotoneaster will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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