Spreading Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster divaricatus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 5-6 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet.
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Other: nice small white flowers in small clusters
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide darkness
Scarify seeds: use sandpaper
Days to germinate: can take up to 12 months
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Midges
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 10, 2019 11:34 AM

This Spreading Cotoneaster from China is a pretty, fine-textured medium-sized shrub that arches over. It bears nice white small flowers solitary or in 3's, though not really flashy, in late May to early June. The small leaves only get to be 1" long by 5/8 " wide at the most and are dark green and shiny above, and produce a good purplish-red fall color. The twigs and stems are slender. The small, red, egg-shaped pome fruit only get to about 1/3 inches long in September through November. It grows medium to fast in rate. There was one at my parent's house in a cove from the 1950's into the 1990's until it was replaced with another more upright shrub because the cotoneaster kept growing wider than the cove area. It was; however, easy to prune back heavily when it reached out too far for that spot, in northeast Illinois. (Never shear this species.) Most larger conventional nurseries offered some, usually in big pots, from the 1950's into the 1990's in the Chicago, Illinois region, but it was never common, just infrequently planted around, usually by landscape designers rather than the average homeowner. I think it is very hard to find nowadays about 2019 being sold at any Chicagoland nurseries.

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