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Commonly known as Herring-bone cotoneaster, Rock cotoneaster
DeciduousRounded to broadly elliptic small, glossy, dark-green leaves to 1cm (½in) long, turning red in autumn.
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soilBranches form a herringbone pattern.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sunFull sun for best berry production.
Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowNOTE. Invasive in the UK. Illegal to plant or cause to grow in the wild. Will grow to a considerable height against a wall. Wildlife plant - irresistible to insects, birds.Pests & DiseasesAphids, woolly aphids, webber moth caterpillars, scale insects, fireblight, honey fungus.Place of originWestern China
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(see photos above)Orbicular (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 8Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilWill tolerate a dry position when established.
WildlifeBee friendlyBird friendly
COTONEASTER horizontalis 'Variegatus'
POTENTILLA fruticosa 'Abbotswood'
Buy Varieties of COTONEASTER horizontalis
silver variegated form