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Hedge Cotoneaster

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Hedge Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus) – Known as the ‘hedge cotoneaster’ for a good reason, it makes a stunning hedge and takes pruning well. It’s also valued for its showy fall colors. This is one of the toughest and hardiest plants in this genus.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Cotoneaster
Species:
lucidus
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
scarlet
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Peking Cotoneaster
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Hedge Cotoneaster has clusters of shell pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Hedge Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Hedge Cotoneaster will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 average home landscape 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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