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Cotoneaster microphylla (Cotoneaster)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care N/A
Hardiness N/A
Growth N/A
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Cotoneaster microphylla Description

Similar to horizontalis in form - having a similar ground hugging herringbone branch structure, while also producing attractive tiny leaves as well as masses of white spring blossom, followed by red autumnal berries. 40cm wide x 1.2m


Cotoneaster microphylla - Cultivation Notes

Cotoneaster will tolerate a range of soil types - from the poor dry soils to moist fertile loams. For best results plant in full sun, however this shrub will happily grow under partial shade. Prune to shape in spring - removing older wood if necessary.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cotoneaster microphylla:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Cotoneaster microphylla:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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