Cotoneaster: Cotoneaster

Cotoneasters belong to the Rosaceae family and are native to China. Evergreen or deciduous, they range from prostrate mat-forming or cushion types to large, erect bushes and are therefore suitable as groundcover or standing on their own. C. dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’ is usually grown as a standard. Cotoneasters are very popular for their red but poisonous berries, which remain on the tree for a long time. C. franchetti grows up to 2 m (6 ft 6 in) high and has beautiful, white to pink flowers, followed by attractive oval berries in autumn. All tolerate dry conditions and will grow in both sun and partial shade. In summer they will benefit from regular watering and applications of fertilizer every four weeks.

Most species and varieties are frost-resistant but C. franchetti is a little more sensitive. It is recommended to protect the roots in the winter months. Bushes can be trimmed to the desired shape in late winter and will even tolerate vigorous pruning. They are propagated from cuttings taken from spring to late summer. Varieties are usually grafted.

30. June 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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