Hardy, Pretty Groundcover Cranberry Cotoneaster
- Beautiful Pink Flowers in Late Spring
- Glossy, Dark Green Foliage
- Foliage Turns Purple and Red in Fall
- Accented by Red Fruit that is Showy for Months
- Sprawling, Versatile Ground Cover
- Colorful Foundation Plant and Mass Plantings
- Great for Erosion Control
- Widely Adaptable to a Variety of Conditions
- Grows Best in Full Sun and Well-Drained Soils
If you need a beautifully reliable plant that covers ground and adds interest in a tough area, try Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus). You'll gain so many ornamental features from a durable, rugged little deciduous shrub.
These small plants feature pretty pink flowers in late spring. They'll slowly transition to showy, small red cranberry-like fruits, which develop in summer and hang well into winter.
It's covered in very glossy green, round leaves all summer long. Starting in fall, they'll burnish into beautiful bronze hues of purples and reds to color the end of the season.
Of course, those bright, red berries will make it a standout in your winter landscape! When fruiting, this shrub looks like it's decorated for the holidays. These fruits add exceptional interest and beauty while attracting local birds that feast on the bright fruit.
Rely on Cranberry Cotoneaster for year-round interest.
Even the informal, spreading form itself delivers a visual impact. Small branches arch up from the crown and then drop down, adding a sense of motion.
As the arching branches touch the ground, they'll root and slowly spread to reach their mature size. These ground covering small shrubs are easy to grow and maintain.
Perfect for low-maintenance landscapes, the hardy Cranberry Cotoneaster will be an anchor for your garden design. Order these small—but mighty—groundcover shrubs from the experts at Nature Hills today.
How to Use Cranberry Cotoneaster in the Landscape
Use this versatile small shrub throughout your landscape to tie the entire design together. You'll enjoy flowers, red cranberry-like fruits for months, and fall color!
Add them to high-profile places in your landscape. Plant them in your foundations for a colorful, sophisticated modern look. You can also plant them as noteworthy plants near the edge of your mixed shrub borders.
They make excellent specimens in Asian-style gardens. Try your hand at the patient art of bonsai with these lovely plants.
Of course, they make wonderful mass plantings in rock gardens, slopes and hillsides. Plant them three feet apart on center so they grow together and touch. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
Create fantastic informal drifts in large landscapes with rock outcroppings or hillsides rising above a patio. They are wonderful decorative erosion control for slopes and terraced areas.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Plant it in full sun where it will grow best and show off its high-gloss foliage. It requires well-drained soil, so mound up or use a raised bed for planting if your drainage is sluggish.
Water regularly during its first year as it works to establish a strong root system. Give it a moderate amount of water from then on for best performance. It's nice to note that this plant is tolerant of periodic drought.
It thrives in full sun, but will grow in partial shade, too. For the best berry production, give it at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Prune wayward branches back below the outline of the canopy any time of year.The goal of pruning should be to reduce the size, while retaining the true mounded and arching growth habit.
Add this special "4 season" plant to your landscape today! Our expert growers will pack and ship them directly to your door.
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Cotoneaster apiculatus|
|Mature Height||2 - 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Fall Color||Red, Burgundy / Purple|