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Cotoneaster dammeri

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Toxicity

Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark 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

10-20 years


Preferred common name

bearberry cotoneaster

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

C. dammeri is a vigorous, prostrate evergreen shrub spreading to 2m, with small, rounded veiny leaves and small white flowers in early summer, followed by bright red berries

Synonym(s)

  • Cotoneaster humifusa
  • Cotoneaster humifusus

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, dry situations in full sun or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover or Banks and Slopes


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get aphids and brown scale

Diseases

May suffer from fireblight