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Cotoneaster salicifolius

willow-leaved cotoneaster

A vigorous, graceful evergreen shrub to 5m tall with arching branches and lance-shaped, dark green leaves to 10cm long. White flowers in flat-topped flower clusters are borne in summer and followed by heavy crops of almost spherical, shiny bright red fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Orange Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–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
Potentially harmful
Fruit 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
SW China, Tibet

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun or part shade; tolerant of dry soils but protect from cold dry winds in colder or northern areas

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be affected by aphids, woolly aphid, webber moth caterpillars and brown scale

Diseases

May be susceptible to fireblight and honey fungus

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