Hedge Cotoneaster

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If you are seeking a sturdy, tidy hedge to provide boundaries in your landscape, you'll want to take a good look at this option. With a well-behaved style, the Hedge Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster acutifolius var. lucidus) produces glossy, dark green leaves that stay gorgeous for you all season long.

You'll love the clean look of the glossy foliage. The plant reads as energetic and upbeat. The leaves are so shiny, and new branches are held upright. In fall, this plant turns an eye-catching beautiful mix of scarlet, red, and purple. It brings all the warmth of the season to your autumn landscape.

And this hard-working broadleaved deciduous shrub has another big "Superpower." It provides sweet flowers and berries for butterflies and birds! As a cute contrast against the polished foliage, you'll be pleased to view the small, pink flowers in spring. These are shaped like tiny apple blossoms, and they will bring local butterflies dancing to your yard.

Often listed on Top 10 lists for birds, why not choose a hedge that gives back to Mother Nature? The real benefit for birds follows the flowers. In late summer, small red berries ripen into small black fruit that is a favorite for birds such as Song Thrushes and Cedar Waxwings. These berries hang on into winter. The birds love them and will appreciate the plants as much as you do.

Planting and Application:

This is an excellent cold hardy shrub with the most fantastic presence in the landscape! You can keep it to any height or shape you like. This includes allowing it to naturally grow to its full height and width as a tall screening plant.

The dense, dark green foliage makes a great screen. Use this plant for long hedges along your property line, as a "living fence" to extend the height of a hardscaped fence. Delineate the edge of your patio or use it as a backdrop for your border garden!

Why not use these to create walls for a special garden room? Many people are looking for respite from stressful modern life. This would make the perfect foundation for a great Meditation Garden.

We would recommend allowing enough space for the mature height and spread. No need to prune this, simply let it grow naturally to deliver both blooms and berries.

Group 3 together as a beautiful, easy display in a Japanese Garden. This is another example of an application that calls for natural styling! This selection also is very useful in establishing wildlife habitats or used as shelterbelt filler. You can even use them along roadways where they might be subjected to road salt.

  • Large, Green, Easy Care Shrub
  • White Flowers Followed by Black Berries
  • Attracts Wildlife & Pollinators
  • Wonderful Fall Color
  • Gorgeous Hedges, Screening, Backdrops & Bird-Friendly Landscaping

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Cotoneaster likes full sun and can handle partial shade as well. It prefers moist, very well-drained soil, but is drought-tolerant once established. It is wind tolerant, able to withstand alkaline soil, and somewhat tolerant of salt. Hedge Cotoneaster is simple to grow in soil that drains well. Raise the planting area by several inches by adding additional native soil.

For best results, water during extended drought and provide a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around the entire root system. Pronounced "Koh toh knee aster", this plant makes an excellent formal hedge, as it takes pruning and shearing well. You won't have to prune very often, but if you do wish to prune or shear your Cotoneaster, do so right after they've flowered.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil Location
  • Moderate Moisture Needs -Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Very Adaptable, Pollution-Tolerant & Easy-To-Grow

The Hedge Cotoneaster bush is an excellent choice to give you much-needed privacy in your landscape and food for birds! Order enough to complete your whole project today from Nature Hills!

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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Hedge Cotoneaster Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cotoneaster acutifolius var. lucidus
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Pink & White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering