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Cotoneaster franchetii

Franchet's cotoneaster

C. franchetii is a shrub up to 3m high with a graceful shape of arching branches, evergreen or semi-evergreen leaves 3cm long, glossy grey-green above with white undersides, and clusters in early summer of 5-15 flowers which are white tinged outside with pink, followed by oblong orange-scarlet fruits; the flowers are attractive to bees

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink White Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver Orange Red
Winter Green Grey Silver Orange Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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 full sun or partial shade in any soil that is well-drained; for hedging, plant 30-35cm apart

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8 (early-flowering evergreen shrubs) - usually no pruning required

Pests

May be affected by scale insects, cotoneaster webber caterpillar, aphids, brown scale, mussel scale, and woolly aphid

Diseases

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

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