The Cotoneaster family (Integerrimus) of plants comprise of approximately 50 species of mostly deciduous plants that usually produce some type of small red or black berries. A constant descriptor employed when describing cotoneasters is tough and easy to grow.
Nature Hills mainly grow and market the shrub or groundcover types of cotoneaster. The most used cotoneaster for groundcovers is the Tom Thumb and a more shrub-like plant is represented by the Peking cotoneaster.
Cotoneaster are commonly used in areas where soils are tough and irregular, on steep embankments to hold soils from eroding, and for hedges. Wildlife love the fruit produced by these plants and they also provide good cover for smaller species and birds.
Pruning may be done at any time and size may be controlled by cutting a stem completely back to ground level. They tend to be deer resistant and drought tolerant.