Cotoneaster in varieties

What it is:
Cotoneasters are versatile. There are evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties, that include creeping ground covers, dwarf sized bushes and tall sprawling shrubs. The flowers are followed by bright red or orange berries
Depending on the type reaches a height of 15 cm, and some up to 3-4m.
They prefer moderately fertile, well-drained soil, but are adaptable to almost any type of soil from sandy to clay, as long as it is not remain too wet.
Water Cotoneasters regularly during the first season, to establish a healthy root system,
after which they are fairly drought tolerant plants.
Ground cover types of Cotoneasters should only be pruned to remove dead and damaged branches and those that upset the symmetry of the plant if needed.
Low growing shrubs can be cleaned up by removing some of the oldest branches in early spring.
Medium and tall growing varieties look best when they are left un-pruned to maintain their natural, fountain-like shape.
Most grow best in full sun, but several species will thrive in partial shade as well.

Cotoneasters are very popular garden shrubs, grown for their attractive habit and decorative fruit. They are very tolerant to pollution, making them ideal urban plants.


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