University of Maryland Extension

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

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Cotoneaster salicifolius repens

Have a slope or hard-to-mow area?  Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing.  In full sun it rewards 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, the shiny green leaves can become reddish purple in colder winters. 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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