Botanical name: Cotoneaster
Common name: Cotoneaster
These shrubs and small trees bear an abundance of berries in autumn. Larger cultivars are useful for hedges, wall shrubs and specimen plants. Smaller low-growing plants make good weed supressing groundcover. Flowers attract pollinating insects, whilst the berries are a feast for birds.
In spring and early summer, small pink-white flowers cover the branches. These are followed by clusters of red-orange or yellow berries in autumn/winter. Plants are mainly evergreen, with some deciduous cultivars that blaze with fiery autumn colour.
They flower and fruit best in full-sun, but will tolerate part shade. Plants will also grow in drier soils, once established.
They may struggle to establish in sites where exposed to very cold weather and drying winds.
Did you know?
Cotoneaster are a valuable source of nectar for pollinating insects. The berries are also highly attractive to blackbirds and other members of the thrush family.
Buying: trees and shrubs
Ground cover plants
Shrubs and trees: light pruning
Shrubs: evergreen by size
Shrubs: evergreen for specific situations
Shrubs: pruning evergreens
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