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Cotoneaster adpressus

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
koh-toh-nee-ASS-ter ad-PRESS-us
Description

Creeping Cotton Easter is a deciduous shrub in the Rose family.  It is native to Asia and prefers full sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained loamy soils. This low growing groundcover has a dense prostrate habit.  It is an easy to grow low maintenance plant that is tolerant of poor soils, erosion, drought, pollution, deer and rabbit browsing.  Plant it in a rock garden, or cascading over a rock wall.  It looks excellent mass planted to cover a slope or area prone to erosion. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.  Mites can be an issue under hot and dry conditions.  Dense foliage close to the ground can become a maintenance issue as leaves drop and are difficult to remove..

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tom Thumb'
'Tom Thumb'
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#wildlife plant#slow growing#slopes#fall interest#rabbit resistant#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#deer resistant#foundation planting#naturalizes#late spring flowers#poor soils tolerant#rock walls#nectar plant late spring#fall color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tom Thumb'
'Tom Thumb'
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#wildlife plant#slow growing#slopes#fall interest#rabbit resistant#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#deer resistant#foundation planting#naturalizes#late spring flowers#poor soils tolerant#rock walls#nectar plant late spring#fall color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    adpressus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees are attracted to nectar in the flowers.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Round dark red fruits mature late summer through fall 1/4" long
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Small white with a hint of pink, blooms in late spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, dark green ovate leaves grow to 1/2" in length. Margins are wavy and leaves have attracitve red fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Erosion
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits