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Ground Cotoneaster

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Ground Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) – A choice plant for massing and grouping, featuring unforgettable ‘herringbone’ branching in horizontal tiers. Pretty pink flowers bloom in the spring, followed by brilliant red fruit in the fall. This plant is perfect for massing and grouping.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Cotoneaster
Species:
horizontalis
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
in mid 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
Other Species Names:
Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Ground Cotoneaster is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. It features tiny clusters of pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Ground 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

Ground Cotoneaster will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium 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 locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. 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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