Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet (61-91cm)
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 feet (.9-1.8m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: Red
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Birds

started 1998 trained since 2003 donated by Bill Heston

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 3, 2018 2:05 PM

This low shrub is more of a higher groundcover that has been used a good amount in the Chicago, IL region and the Upper Midwest. A good number are sold at many conventional nurseries in the Upper Midwest, mostly in USDA Zones 4 & 5. This species has stiff, arching branches that return to the ground and lots of larger, rounded, red fruit. Farther south the Bearberry and Rockspray Cotoneasters that have flatter, more horizontal branching are used much more. These low shrubs do have one disadvantage in that they easily catch any debris and trash blowing around streets and parking lots.

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Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On June 6, 2018 Potted up
MrsBinWY On March 25, 2018 Seeds germinated
observed 4 from the 2-4-17 sowing
MrsBinWY On June 10, 2017 Potted up
1 from the 2016 sowing (seedling eventually failed)
MrsBinWY On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
chip, soak (+H2O2), per TC: 3 months @ 39 degrees & germinate @ 70 degrees, last 17 seeds from ishareflowers; jugged 5-26-17
MrsBinWY On January 2, 2016 Seeds sown
9 seeds from ishareflowers (2015SSS), wintersown, held over summer 2016 and winter 2016-2017, germinated approximately May 2017
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Late summer, ornamental berries. by conniepr27 Sep 24, 2016 5:02 PM 15

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