Common Name: rockspray cotoneaster
Origin/Ecology: native to western China
Habit: Coarse, dense, slow-growing, semi-prostrate shrub that grows to 2-3′ tall and spreads over time to 6-8′ wide on stiff, flattened, horizontal branching that features branchlets arranged in fishbone patterns. Branching becomes somewhat tiered over time.
Leaves: Round to elliptic, glossy dark green leaves (to 1/2″ long) are attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves on deciduous plants turn reddish-purple in fall.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Five petaled, tiny pink flowers appear singly or in pairs in late spring. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Flowers are followed by bright scarlet fruits (1/4″ wide) that mature in late summer to fall.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, loamy, well-drained soils. Good drainage is important. Can withstand considerably poor soils. Established plants tolerate drought.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Massing, ground cover, banks and slopes, erosion control, rock gardens, along stone walls, espaliers.
Limitations: No serious problems. Susceptible to fireblight, leaf spots, canker, cotoneaster webworm, lacebug, mites.