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Cotoneaster horizontalis

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Trailing

Toxicity

Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

wall 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. horizontalis is a spreading dwarf deciduous shrub to 2m in width, with distinctive, flat, regularly branched sprays of foliage with small glossy leaves that turn orange and red in autumn. Pink-tinged flowers and red berries

Other common names

  • rock spray
  • wall spray

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, dry situations in full sun

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, Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get brown scale, Cotoneaster webber moths, aphids and woolly aphid

Diseases

May suffer from fireblight