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Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Gnom' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Trailing

Toxicity

Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

cotoneaster 'Gnom'

Family

Rosaceae


Cotoneaster can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers in spring and summer, followed by showy red, purple or black berries

'Gnom' is a prostrate, evergreen shrub forming a wide mat of glossy, lance-shaped leaves, with small white flowers in summer followed by red berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Will tolerate dry situations but may need some shelter from cold, drying winds in colder climes

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 or pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects and woolly aphids

Diseases

May be subject to fireblight