Cotoneaster Shrubs

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  1. Peking Cotoneaster Zones: 3-7
    As low as $53.99

  2. Hedge Cotoneaster Zones: 3-7
    As low as $44.99

  3. Cranberry Cotoneaster Zones: 4-7
    As low as $17.99
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Blooms, Bird-Friendly Berries, Robust Cotoneaster Shrubs

You'll find a world of value in the Cotoneaster family! This wide-ranging family includes tall privacy shrubs and showy ground-covering plants.

We offer both evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties. Cotoneaster is incredibly rugged and makes a marvelous addition to low-maintenance gardens. takes pride in our large collection of Cotoneaster shrubs. According to the Chicago Botanical Garden, there are approximately 90 species, or types of Cotoneaster...make your garden sing year-round with their help!

Cotoneaster shrubs deliver cute spring blooms, beautiful berries, fine-textured foliage and wonderfully organic form with cascading branches. These are important wildlife plants for pollinators and songbirds.

Cotoneasters in the United States

These low-maintenance, sculptural shrubs are in the Rose family. Cotoneaster is related to Hawthorne and Photinia; and brings a wonderfully rounded, arched form.

Don't worry, it only looks dramatic! These workhorses are tough customers that need little care once they are established in your landscape.

You'll hear it pronounced "Cotton Easter" but the botanical name "Koh Toe Knee Aster" implies that they resemble Flowering Quince shrubs. Why not include them both in a lawn planting bed for ornamental spring blooms, showy berries and fall color?

Use one as a specimen in containers, or in the ground. Or keep a mass planting to showcase their lyrical branch structure.

These Eurasian natives can be safely grown in most parts of the continental United States. With forms from creepers to trees, charming Cotoneaster offers plenty of interest year-round.

Sweet, Small Blooms Support Butterflies and Pollinators

In spring, gracefully arching branches are abloom with tiny white to rose-pink flowers. While sweet to look at, the true value lies in their nectar.

Butterflies will visit your plants, and the single, 5-petaled flowers will be richly appreciated by the honeybees in your area. Cotoneaster provides nectar and shelter for many beneficial insects within the petite, lustrous, smooth leaves.

Nutritious Berries Feed Birds

Routinely listed as a "bird-friendly" option, Cotoneaster branches are laden with berries that attract Cedar Waxwings and Robins. Wildlife love the fruit produced by these plants, which are technically called tiny round apples!

Depending on what part of the country you live in, Cotoneaster may be a favorite treat for your local bird populations. This is especially true in late winter, when food is scarce.

They also provide good cover for smaller species and smaller birds, like Goldfinches. Keep a feeder nearby to offer convenient access.

In certain climates, Cotoneaster might perform "too well" and the berries are dispersed by birds. That's why we use Plant Sentry™ to block the shipment of regulated plants...following every federal and state regulation.

If we can safely ship Cotoneaster to you, you can safely grow it in your local microclimate. The birds will thank you!

Layer in Low-Growing Cotoneaster as a Groundcover

Glorious Cranberry Cotoneaster is a bird-friendly choice with outrageous color! The birds snap up the lively red berries for their supper starting in early autumn through late winter.

Cotoneaster are commonly used in areas where soils are tough and irregular. They are planted on steep embankments to hold soils from eroding.

Turn a dangerous slope into a bold garden feature with evergreen Coral Beauty Cotoneaster. Mass plant these fast-growing groundcover plants in staggered rows for a fast fill.

Tom Thumb Cotoneaster is a very popular natural dwarf. Keep it in containers or Rock Gardens; or fill bare ground with it's vibrant fall foliage.

Easy to Grow Cotoneaster Hedges also sells tough, easy-care shrub-form Cotoneaster. There might not be an easier hedge to establish and maintain!

Cotoneasters tend to be deer resistant and drought tolerant after their root systems are established in your soil. They grow fast...turning into valuable landscape assets that are loaded with charm.

Cold-hardy Peking Cotoneaster brings so many ornamental attributes to your landscape. Create structure and add privacy, along with spring bloom, lustrous summer leaves, incredible fall color and blue-black berries.

Another easy care option is the famed Hedge Cotoneaster. With fiery fall color, these high performance beauties look great all season-long.

Prune these to shape after the small pink and white flowers are done; or leave them au natural. They'll develop into a pretty, upright shrub with glossy green leaves and spreading branches.

Planting and Care Tips for Cotoneaster

You can order plants any time of year at We'll hold your order until the time is right for planting in your area.

Study the Plant Highlights on every product page. You'll want to give them their preferred sun exposure and soil type to achieve great results.

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Track your plants to your doorstep and open them right away. Give them a good, long drink by dunking them into a bucket of water until the air bubbles stop.

Dig your planting hole twice as wide as the root system; but no deeper. Cotoneaster generally prefers well-drained soil and will not appreciate being buried too deeply.

For mass plantings, stagger rows in a checkerboard planting pattern to cover the space. Measure 1 foot less than the smallest number given on the Mature Spread to get a solid fill.

Mulch between plants, and keep newly established mass plantings weeded. You'll want to manage your mass planting to keep them looking their best.

Provide careful water the first season. Thereafter, we do recommend applying supplemental water during extended droughts.

How to Prune Cotoneaster

The best way to prune a Cotoneaster? Give it plenty of room to reach its full Mature Height and Spread to develop it's lovely growth habit.

Prune these herringbone-patterned branches with an eye to maintain the overall arched shape. Remove dead wood at ground level, or clip back to a living main branch.

Avoid "header" cuts to shorten. Rather, look for ways to clip long branches back into the canopy; streamlining the branches all the way back to a larger structure branch.

Enjoy the durability and ease of living with planted Cotoneaster shrubs! Beneficial pollinators and birds will appreciate this lovely choice.