First Editions® Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster

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Set your garden ablaze with fall color with the First Editions® Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Bronfire' PP30,493). Very few plants compare when it comes to this one's intense autumn display!

These beautiful shrubs are a naturally occurring hybrid with smaller dark green leaves, showy red fruit, and excellent orange-red fall color. Plant this sophisticated choice front and center in high-profile areas. During spring and summer, the Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster shines with deep green glossy leaves. It grows in an elegant upright form with lush foliage.

But the Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster doesn't just provide dazzling foliage. It also produces pink and white flowers during the late spring. These charming flowers add springtime interest and boost your local ecosystem. Although small, their nectar invites Hummingbirds and bees to your landscape.

The inferno kicks into high gear when cool autumn temperatures arrive as the attractive foliage transforms into vibrant oranges and reds. While it's going through its fall color change, this foliage holds onto some of its green, creating a ravishing multi-dimensional look.

Autumn Inferno® is also admired for its bright scarlet berries that appear during fall and last into winter until the birds take them. When fruiting, this shrub looks like it's decorated for the holidays. Add exceptional interest and beauty while attracting your local birds that feast on the bright fruit. You'll feel great about this choice!

Planting and Application:

If you want a hedge or specimen shrub, Autumn Inferno® delivers fiery passion. This plant is a landscape designer's dream come true!

Bring structure to your garden design...the easy way. Autumn Inferno® looks incredible, grown as a natural specimen plant or formal trimmed hedge. They reach a perfect height for modern privacy. Add a row behind a hammock stand to create a marvelous getaway from the stress and hassle of urban living.

Why settle for a boring hedge? Get Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster for a low-privacy hedge that will attract the right kind of attention as it transforms from season to season. Add color in front of existing evergreen hedges with their help.

Create a solid hedge by planting them three feet apart, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Or, create a unique garden feature with a series of individual plants placed further apart at regular intervals. Simply increase the spacing between them past seven feet apart.

Flank either side of the entry to an outdoor entertainment area with these living columns of "fire". Guests will always remember this high-concept experience at your place. Use them to enhance the middle zone of your mixed borders. Or, use it as a dynamic backdrop to Butterfly Gardens and Rock Gardens.

Because they'll do well in either full sun or partial shade, why not consider them for wildlife borders? Repeat their use at the edge of the woodlands for a dramatic fall color display!

  • Phenomenal Orange-Red Fall Color
  • Tiny Pink Flowers Attract Butterflies
  • Birds Eat the Small Red Berries
  • Wonderful Upright Form Can Be Grown Naturally
  • Excellent Option For A Hedge & Great Height for Privacy Screen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

How can you keep your Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster happy and healthy? Give them at least four hours of sunlight a day for good color, flowering and berry production. Cotoneaster roots hate wet feet and won't tolerate standing water. It prefers very well-drained, low-moisture soil. After it's established, this plant is quite drought tolerant.

Give water during extended drought and apply a three-inch layer of mulch, pulling it back away from the stems. Carefully water during its first year to help establish a strong root system. Use Nature Hills Root Booster while planting to help this process, and support the plant over its entire life. Prune after flowering to keep your shrub to size and keep the interior open for air and sunlight penetration.

  • Grows in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Widely Adaptable - Any Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate Moisture Needs -Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Easily Pruned To Size
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established

We're so pleased to grow and sell these outstanding, high-performance landscape shrubs. Amplify the fiery visual impact of your designs and don't miss out on this hard-to-find Cotoneaster! Order the First Editions® Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster bush from experts at Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Cotoneaster 'Bronfire'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink & White
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring