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Question: I want to now some details about cotoneaster belle. Propagation? Growth habit? Thank you...mihaela

Answer: Cotoneaster is an evergreen to semievergreen ground cover with tiny leaves and red berries in winter. Cotoneaster thrives in USDA zones 5 to 8. They grow best in full sunshine, in well draining soils.

For best growth, dig a hole for each plant no deeper than the plants were growing in the containers. Space the holes 1 foot apart.

Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting holes before setting the plants in.

Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.

Water well until soil is completely moist the first year only - cotoneaster doesn't need extra water once it's established.

Prune out the oldest stems every two years using bypass pruners or a pruning saw.

The low, arching branches of cotoneaster look good spilling over the top of a wall, or planted at the base of a fence or wall for the stems to grow up against. In winter, the berried branches have a herringbone look. Three plants will fill in a space that's 4 feet by 4 feet in about three years.

Plants are easily propagated by tip cuttings or by layering.

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