Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Spreading Cotoneaster

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Cotoneaster divaricatus Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Cotoneaster
  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 5-6'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates dry conditions. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Pink flowers in June and red berries that persist throughout fall. The attractive dark green, glossy foliage turns maroon in fall.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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