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Cotoneaster lacteus
  • RHS AGM

late cotoneaster

Dense evergreen shrub about 4m tall, with arching branches bearing large, oval leathery, dark green leaves to 6cm in length, white-hairy beneath. Large clusters of small white flowers are followed by small red berries in broad clusters, lasting into winter

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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
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when 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, Sichuan)

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, dry situations in full sun or partial shade, ideal for hedging

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8 or Pruning group 13 if wall trained

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects, cotoneaster webber caterpillar and aphids including woolly aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to fireblight and honey fungus

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