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Hesse Cotoneaster

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A choice spreading groundcover for gardens or massing, features dense, dark green foliage on ‘herringbone’ branches, light red flowers in spring and large brilliant red fruit in fall; one of the more popular and attractive groundcovers

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Genus:
Cotoneaster
Cultivar:
Hessei
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
should not need pruning
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Hesse 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 mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Hesse 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

Hesse 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 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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