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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 6 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: New spring leaves are soft, pubescent.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 3/4 inch, black oval fruit.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Other: with pink tinge
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Peking Cotoneaster

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 3, 2018 2:55 PM concerning plant:
    There is some confusion here. The real Peking Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster acutifolius) from Mongolia and northern China has duller foliage with more hair on the leaves and flowers. This shrub sold by many Midwestern nurseries is technically the Hedge Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus) that has the shiny, less hairy leaves and flowers, from western China. Otherwise, what's the difference?, hardly anything. I don't know of any conventional nurseries in the Chicago, IL region selling what is called Hedge Cotoneaster. They sell the "Peking Cotoneaster" that is really C. lucidus, or better yet should be Cotoneaster acutifolius lucidus. There is also another extremely similar species of Cotoneaster foveolatus, the Glossy Cotoneaster, from central China, that has larger, more pointed leaves to 3.5 inches long, and I have only seen this shrub one time as several plants at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2018. They should all be slightly different varieties of the same species. Anyway, the Peking Cotoneaster is a good quality, handsome large shrub that makes a good informal screen or is easily sheared to become a hedge, high or low. It bears nice, small, white flower clusters in May that are pollinated by bees. The small black berries are dry and don't taste good, and few are borne on shrubs in the US. I don't know if the birds eat them, and I don't want these to escape cultivation, though I don't know of this shrub ever doing that. The berries probably are not fertile. The autumn colour is always good of mostly orange with spots of yellow, red, and purple. Peking Cotoneaster is used a lot in the northern Plains and I've only seen it used in USDA Zones 4 & 5 even though it can grow farther south. Back in the 1970's I once had to prune back the three shrubs in my parent's backyard about one and a half feet below the invading infection of Fire Blight Disease that was moving downward, causing blackened stems and leaves and "shepherd's crook" formations of upper stems to save the life of the shrubs, and it worked.
  • Posted by dorab (Calgary - Zone 3a) on Nov 25, 2012 5:43 PM concerning plant:
    'Peking cotoneaster' is the most common type grown in this region.

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