The Q&A Archives: Is Cotoneaster lacteas invasive?

Question: I am considering planting 1-3 cotoneaster lacreas as fountain shaped shrubs but read that they are considered a weed in N. California. Is this true? What are the shortcomings of this plant?

Answer: Cotoneaster lacteas is considered an invasive plant in California because it has naturalized in otherwise wild areas. When an introduced plant overtakes native plants, it competes for sunlight, moisture and nutrients and displaces wildlife. The best thing you can do as a homeowner is to avoid using such plants in your landscape. Forsythia and Spirea have a natural fountain shape (but no berries). You may want to plant one of these instead.

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