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Cotoneaster

A diverse genus, Cotoneaster can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees. Some make groundcovers of great beauty thanks to their handsome dark green foliage and large, lustrous red or orange berries that last from fall through winter. Others are tall sprawling shrubs that are perfect for screens, mass plantings or hedges. Covered with small, pink or white flowers resembling opening rose buds in spring, many deciduous cotoneasters also boast brilliant fall color in glowing shades of orange, red, and purple. Tough, easy to grow and deer resistant landscape plants.

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Cotoneaster adpressus (Creeping Cotoneaster)

Noted for its handsome foliage and large, lustrous red fruit, Cotoneaster adpressus (Creeping Cotoneaster) is a dense, prostrate, deciduous shrub with stiff branches studded with small, rounded, wavy-edge, dark green leaves. The foliage turns reddish purple in fall. Small, 5-petaled, white flowers tinged with pink are produced in late spring. They are followed by brilliant berries which ripen to bright red in late summer to fall, and persist into winter.

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Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster) is a vigorous, dense, evergreen shrub with trailing stems studded with small, leathery, glossy, rounded, dark green leaves. The foliage turns reddish-bronze or purplish in winter before becoming green again in spring. Small, 5-petaled, white flowers adorned with purple anthers are produced in late spring to early summer. They are followed by brilliant berries which ripen to bright red in the fall, and persist through winter unless devoured by hungry birds or animals.

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Cotoneaster horizontalis (Rock Cotoneaster)

Slow-growing, Cotoneaster horizontalis (Rock Cotoneaster) is a spreading, deciduous shrub with flat and stiff, regularly-branched sprays in a strict herring-bone pattern. The branches are studded with small, glossy leaves that warm up to orange and red in fall. Small, 5-petaled, pink-tinged white flowers are produced in late spring. Attractive to bees, they are followed by brilliant scarlet berries which ripen in late summer to fall and provide one of the most cheering sights in the garden.

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Cotoneaster lucidus (Hedge Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster salicifolius (Willow Leaf Cotoneaster) iCotoneaster lucidus (Hedge Cotoneaster) is a vigorous, erect, rounded, deciduous shrub with spreading branches clothed in elliptic-ovate, glossy, dark green leaves, up to 2 in. long (5 cm). The leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow and red in fall. In late spring to early summer, the branches are studded with small pinkish white flowers held in clusters of 3-8.

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Cotoneaster salicifolius (Willow Leaf Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster salicifolius (Willow Leaf Cotoneaster) is a vigorous, evergreen shrub with gracefully arching branches clothed in lance-shaped, glossy, leathery, dark green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). The leaves usually persist through winter and may blush to a pretty red if the weather becomes unusually cold. In late spring to early summer, the branches are studded with flat-topped clusters of white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm).

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