Wire netting bush: Corokia cotoneaster

The wire netting bush acquired its name from its intertwining, zig-zagging branches. It grows relatively slowly and will barely reach 2 m (6 ft 6 in) when grown in a container. Formerly classed as a saxifrage, it is now part of the Escalloniaceae family. The fragrant, yellow, star-shaped flowers that are borne in spring stand out beautifully against the background of the round, dark green leaves. The flowers later develop into round, orange-red fruits.

This vigorous shrub will grow in the shade although it prefers partial shade. It should be watered moderately and regularly but it must never become waterlogged. It must be fed every week from spring till autumn.

It is easily propagated from greenwood cuttings taken in spring. In winter, the plants should be moved to a light place with a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F). Young plants should be pruned several times, while older specimens need only be thinned out.

24. June 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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