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Cotoneaster divaricatus

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Spreading Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster divaricatus) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Spreading Cotoneaster

Spreading Cotoneaster

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

A general purpose landscape shrub for massing, garden use or as a tall groundcover; valued for its arching branches and stunning fall performance with fiery colors and showy bright red fruit

Ornamental Features

Spreading Cotoneaster features tiny clusters of pink flowers along the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces red berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Spreading 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 can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Spreading Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Spreading Cotoneaster will grow to be about 6 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, 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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