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Spreading Cotoneaster Cotoneaster divaricatus

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koh-toh-nee-ASS-ter dy-vair-ih-KAY-tus
Description

Spreading Cotoneaster is an upright, rounded, densely branched, deciduous shrub reaching 5-6 feet tall by 6-8 feet wide. It is easy to grow in well-drained soils. Tolerates poor soils and drought once established.

It has a rounded form and outer branches are long and arching. Profuse spring flowers give way to red berries which persist into winter. The leaves have attractive fall color.

Use as a hedge, border, foundation planting or on a slope.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#showy berries#drought tolerant#showy leaves#slopes#berries#hedges#stream banks#well-drained soil#borders#screening#pomes#loamy soils tolerant
 
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Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#showy berries#drought tolerant#showy leaves#slopes#berries#hedges#stream banks#well-drained soil#borders#screening#pomes#loamy soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    divaricatus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • 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:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1/4-1/2 inch long oval bright red fruits mature in fall and persist to the onset of winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Abundant 1/4 inch 5 petaled white to pink-tinged flowers in May- June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1 inch long oval glossy green leaves have a nice orange to red fall color. The margins a flat and not rolled on this shrub.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Red-purple stems are pubescence on the tips and have a waxy coating that flakes off with age further down the stems. Buds are small.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Pollution
    Rabbits