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Cotoneaster dammeri

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
koh-toh-nee-ASS-ter dah-MER-ee
Description

Bearberry cotoneaster is an easy to grow evergreen to semi-evergreen low growing spreading shrub that can reach 1-2 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The branches root along the ground as they grow. White spring flowers are followed by red fruits that persist into winter. Fall leaf color is reddish-bronze to purple. It prefers well-drained soils and is adaptable to various soil types. 

Effective in rock gardens and low banks for erosion control. It is drought tolerant once established and will quickly cover an area. Prune as needed to prevent a ragged appearance.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Low-growing evergreen shrub with prostrate twigs
  • Small, elliptic-oblong leaves on dwarf shoots
  • The red berry has a 5-pointed star at the end
  • Branching occurs in all planes

Problems: Prone to attack by lace bugs. Spider mites in dry conditions.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Beauty'
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#berries#erosion control#stream banks#groundcover#naturalizes#rock gardens#naturalized area#fantz#pomes#rock walls#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Beauty'
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#berries#erosion control#stream banks#groundcover#naturalizes#rock gardens#naturalized area#fantz#pomes#rock walls#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    dammeri
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tibet to Central China
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds, butterflies
    Play Value:
    Defines Paths
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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 pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1-4 inch red berries with a 5-pointed star at the end appear in summer and persist into winter. The crop is sometimes small.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    5 petaled 1/2 inch white flowers with purple anthers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1 1/4 inch long and 5/8 inch wide glossy green leaves have gray-green undersides. Fall color is bronzy-red to purplish.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Fine, pubescent when young, changing to reddish-brown at maturity. It branches in all planes.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought