University of Maryland Extension

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

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Ginny Williams
Ginny Williams

Cotoneaster salicifolius repens

Have a slope or hard to mow area?  Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing.  Grown in full sun, it will reward the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter.  With increasing shade there are fewer berries.  In spring it sports small white flowers.  Evergreen to semi-evergreen, in colder winters the shiny green leaves can become reddish purple. When established, it is drought tolerant and requires no special fertilizer.  Native to China, it grows about a foot tall and eight feet wide in any soil type.  Give it plenty of room and enjoy its vigor.  

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