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Cotoneaster lacteus (Parney Cotoneaster)

Late Cotoneaster, Parney Cotoneaster, Milk Flower Cotoneaster, Arching Cotoneaster


Cotoneaster lacteus (Parney Cotoneaster) is a large, dense, evergreen shrub with arching branches clothed in oval, leathery leaves, 2.5 in. long (6 cm), dark green above and white-hairy beneath. In late spring to early summer, the branches are studded with small pinkish white flowers held in large clusters. Attractive to bees and butterflies, they are followed by a heavy crop of red berries which are a favorite of birds in winter. Easy to grow and low maintenance, Cotoneaster lacteus is a great ornamental shrub for hedges or privacy screens, erosion control and perfect for attracting wildlife in the garden.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 10-14 ft. tall and wide (300-420 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to light shade in dry, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established, this evergreen shrub is adaptable to heat, wind, smog, salt air, dryness, and poor soils.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested
  • Native to China.
  • Cotoneaster lacteus is invasive in California where it has escaped cultivation. Each plant produces thousands of fruits each year, which are distributed by birds, small mammals, flowing water, and human activities. It is found in disturbed places, especially near residential sites, as well as undisturbed coastal scrub, grassland, and forests. Pretty California native shrub alternatives: Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon) or Rhamnus Californica (California Coffeeberry).

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cotoneaster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 14' (3m – 4.3m)
Spread 10' – 14' (3m – 4.3m)
Spacing 120" – 180" (300cm – 450cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cotoneaster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 14' (3m – 4.3m)
Spread 10' – 14' (3m – 4.3m)
Spacing 120" – 180" (300cm – 450cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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