Cotoneaster Tom Thumb - Knowledgebase Question

Pollock Pines, Ca
Question by segnesa99
August 17, 2009
Hi. I bought several of these at HD. The tag says these will spread to 3'T and 6'W. Sunset Garden book says the Tom Thumb will spread only to about 4-6

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2009


Tom Thumb Cotoneaster is sometimes confused with Little Gem. Tom Thumb is a slow grower, generally 4 to 8 inches tall but after many years can slowly mound to a foot or so height if never pruned. It easily spreads three feet around, can eventually spread six feet, or self-root where limbs touch the ground & creep even farther. Growing conditions will dictate the ultimate size of your plant. I'm convinced the plant tag is incorrect and Sunset Western Garden Book is the best source of information for your new cotoneaster.

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