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Cotoneaster horizontalis Cotoneaster horizontalis
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Cotoneaster divaricatus Cotoneaster divaricatus
Cotoneaster adpressus has some common insect problems:
Fire Blight

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. Creeping Cotton Easter does not perform well when grown in hot summer climates, and they can be difficult to grow in locations south of zone 7.

The showy red berries emerge after the flowers have bloomed. They will ripen to a brilliant red in late summer into fall, and will continue to appear into winter.  Makes a great addition to a winter garden.  Spreading horizontally, the stems can root where contact is made with the soil.   

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.  Mites can be an issue under hot and dry conditions.  It will sometimes experience issues with fire blight, leaf spots, lace bug, canker and contoneaster web worm.  Dense foliage close to the ground can become a maintenance issue as leaves drop and are difficult to remove.  

Eating the fruits can cause mild stomach upset.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tom Thumb'
'Tom Thumb'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#slow growing#deciduous shrub#showy leaves#winter interest#slopes#fall interest#rabbit resistant#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#showy fruits#deer resistant#foundation planting#groundcover#naturalizes#flowers late spring#poor soils tolerant#garden walls#nectar plant late spring#fall color red#bee friendly#heat intolerant#dense growth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tom Thumb'
'Tom Thumb'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#slow growing#deciduous shrub#showy leaves#winter interest#slopes#fall interest#rabbit resistant#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#showy fruits#deer resistant#foundation planting#groundcover#naturalizes#flowers late spring#poor soils tolerant#garden walls#nectar plant late spring#fall color red#bee friendly#heat intolerant#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    adpressus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees are attracted to nectar in the flowers. Birds favor the berries.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Textural
    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:
    Cascading
    Creeping
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    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:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    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 Type:
    Berry
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 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 Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The small white with a hint of pink flowers bloom in late spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, dark green ovate leaves grow to 1/2" in length. Margins are wavy and leaves have attractive reddish/purple fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The branches are stiff.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits