Common Name: willow-leaved cotoneaster
Origin/Ecology: Native to western China.
Habit: Low-lying, small to medium sized shrub with an arched branching habit. Grows to 5 m in the wild.
Leaves: Simple, long, lanceolate, dark green and resemble those of willow trees. Prominent veins give leaves a wrinkled look. Gray hairs on undersides. Leaves turn maroonish in colder months.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Bears compound corymbs of white, 5-6 mm flowers in June. Fruits are small, showy, apple-like red pomes, ripening in Sept-Oct, enduring into winter.
Bark: Gray-brown, thin stems.
Water Use, Soil: Well-drained soil.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Hedge, screen, bank cover, groups/massings, ornamental, fall and winter interest, birds.
Limitations: Leaf spot, scale insects, spider mites, Enterobacteria fire blight.