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Cotoneaster apiculatus

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
koh-toh-nee-ASS-ter ah-pik-yoo-LAY-tus
Description

Cranberry Cotoneaster is a dense, broad upright mounding deciduous shrub or tall groundcover from China. Plant in sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. It tolerates a range of site conditions except for wet ones. It doesn't do well in hot humid climates of the deep south.

It is primarily grown for its showy red fruits which appear in the fall after spring flowers. The small glossy green leaves add additional interest with nice fall color.The shrub will mature at 3 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide

It is drought tolerant once established and can be used for erosion control on banks as the stems root where they touch the ground.  

Tolerates: Rabbit, Erosion, Air Pollution, salt

Problems: Prone to spider mites in dry weather.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blackburn'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#full sun#showy berries#deciduous shrub#winter interest#rabbit resistant#berries#erosion control#hedges#well-drained soil#foundation planting#June#May#pomes
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blackburn'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#full sun#showy berries#deciduous shrub#winter interest#rabbit resistant#berries#erosion control#hedges#well-drained soil#foundation planting#June#May#pomes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    apiculatus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central China
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts Birds
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerates rabbits, erosion, pollution
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Description:
    Round red fruits mature in late summer and persist into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small pinkish flowers in late spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    3/4 inch long oval glossy green leaves. Fall color is showy in shades of red, purple and bronze.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt