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Cotoneaster lacteus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

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

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

late 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. lacteus is a large evergreen shrub with arching branches bearing oval leaves to 6cm in length, white-hairy beneath. Large clusters of small white flowers are followed by small red berries

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, Banks and Slopes or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get aphids and brown scale

Diseases

May suffer from fireblight