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Cotoneaster amoenus

beautiful cotoneaster

C. amoenus is a densely-branched evergreen shrub to 1.5m. Small glossy green leaves are greyish woolly below. White flowers with pinkish purple anthers, in June, are followed by bright red berries borne in clusters at the end of short twigs

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink White Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver Red
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Seeds may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Cotoneaster can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers in spring and summer, followed by showy red, purple or black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
China (Yunnan)

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade; tolerant of dry conditions

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe in autumn or propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Pruning group 8 or Pruning group 13 for wall-trained plants

Pests

May be attacked by woolly aphids, scale insects and cotoneaster webber moth

Diseases

May be affected by fireblight, honey fungus, silver leaf, fungal leaf spot and a virus

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