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Hedge cotoneaster is an upright shrub with spreading branches reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Attractive dark green foliage turns a yellow to red in the fall. Makes an excellent screen or tall hedge. Attractive black fruit persist into winter.

  • Family (English) Rose
  • Family (botanic) Rosaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7
  • Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Clay soil, Occasional drought, Road salt
  • Season of interest early fall, late spring
  • Flower color and fragrance White
  • Shape or form Oval, Round, Upright
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size and form:

Hedge cotoneaster is an upright, erect shrub reaching eight to 10 feet high and wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

It is native to Siberia and Northern China.

Attracts birds and other pollinators:

Flowers attract butterflies and pollinators.

Bark color and texture:

Hedge cotoneaster has light brown bark that often peels with age.

Leaf description:

This shrub has alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate leaves that are three quarters to two and half inches long and an inch wide. The lustrous dark green and pubescent above turning yellow to red in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size description:

Heath aster produces small, pinkish-white clusters in late May.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

It gets berry-like black pome that are half inch in diameter and persist into winter.

Plant Care:

It grows best in full sun to light shade in well-drained, moist, fertile soil. It is soil pH adaptable. The shallow roots benefit with a layer of mulch to maintain moisture and moderate soil temperature fluctuations. It is tolerant of dry soil once established. This shrub can be pruned to maintain size.

List of pests and diseases:

It can get leaf spots, cankers, fire blight, mites and scale.

Disease, pest, and problem resistance:

It is tolerant of wind and salt.


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