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Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Autumn Fire' is often confused with:
Cotoneaster dammeri Cotoneaster dammeri
Cotoneaster horizontalis Cotoneaster horizontalis
Native alternative(s) for Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Autumn Fire':
Callicarpa americana Callicarpa americana in summer in Moore County
Ilex decidua Ilex decidua
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Lonicera acuminata Lonicera alseuosmoides
Vaccinium crassifolium Vaccinium crassifolium
Buddleja Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' PP #19991 Buddleja  'Blue Chip Jr.’
Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Autumn Fire' has some common insect problems:
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage
Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Autumn Fire' has some common disease problems:
Fire Blight
Aphids on Ornamental Landscape Plants

Autumn Fire Cotoneaster Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Autumn Fire'

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Autumn Fire Cotoneaster:

Previously known as:

  • 'Herbstfeuer'
Phonetic Spelling
koh-toh-nee-ASS-ter sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-us
Description

A hybrid of Cotoneaster salicifolius and Cotoneaster dammeri, Autumn Fire Cotoneaster is a semi-woody, drought-tolerant, evergreen to semi-evergreen low growing shrub.  Its low growing habit make it an excellent ground cover or low hedge.  Over time, its horizontal stems will arch upwards and over each other, forming a dense carpet of leaves.  In some locations it is used as lawn substitute.  

If ingested, the fruits can cause stomach upset.  

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  There is some susceptibility to Fire blight, brown scale, Hawthorn Lace Bug, as well a woolly aphids, and aphids.  

In colder climates, protect from cold, drying winds.

More information on Cotoneaster salicifolius.

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Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#broadleaf evergreen#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#showy fruits#fast growing#deer resistant#groundcover#pollinator plant#evergreen shrub#compact habit#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#bee friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#broadleaf evergreen#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#showy fruits#fast growing#deer resistant#groundcover#pollinator plant#evergreen shrub#compact habit#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#bee friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotoneaster
    Species:
    salicifolius
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Germany
    Wildlife Value:
    The berries provide winter food for songbirds. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Easy to Grow
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    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:
    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:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Small, 1/4", bright red berries survive into fall and winter, providing food for songbirds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Clusters of 1.5-2" white flowers appear in May.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The wrinkled texture leaves are 1.5 to 3.5" and .5" wide. The underside is hairy and covered with a whitish waxy material. They have a similar look to a weeping willow.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits