Common Name: bearberry cotoneaster
Origin/Ecology: native to China
Habit: Creeping, mat-like, irregular, spreading, growing to 0.4 m tall, 2.0 m wide.
Leaves: Simple, small, elliptic/obovate, glossy dark green leaves.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Long slender white flowers, small, 2-4 flowered cymes, early summer. Fruit almsot spherical, red, persistent.
Bark: Reddish branches.
Water Use, Soil: Well-drained, rocky or gravelly or dry.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, erosion control, espalier, fall interest, ground cover, rock garden, winter interest
Limitations: mites, root rot, scale insects
Other Features: springy and indestructible. Tips of stems can root. Good for larger sites, smothers most weeds. fruit attracts birds.