Peking Cotoneaster

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Looking for a great hedging solution to give structure to your landscape? How do you feel about pretty, shiny dark green foliage and sweet pink flowers that cover every stem in spring? Would you like your hedge to be easy-care?

How about feeding local butterflies and songbirds with zero extra effort on your part? If all that sounds good, you'll definitely want this variety on your shortlist!

The Peking Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster acutifolius var. lucidus) is a deciduous shrub with slender, upright, spreading branches. When young, they hold their branches straight, tidy and upright, but will eventually grow into a lovely round shape in open areas with full sun.

Now, don't be fooled! The handsome, shiny green foliage may have you thinking this is a Holly from a distance. But this plant is hardy way down to -40 below zero! It is such a cold-hardy shrub, that in Canada and Alaska, they actually Espalier the plants on walls, or train them into many different forms. These hedging plants can take extreme weather!

Not only does the Peking Cotoneaster (pronounced "Koh toh knee aster") have beautiful foliage, but they also have apple blossom-like pink flowers and buds that open and showcase white petals. The flowers are borne in mid-spring and will attract butterflies!

Following the flowers, the plants develop small black berries that persist into winter or until the birds eat them. They are appreciated by songbirds through the winter!

You'll really love Peking Cotoneaster's sexy, shiny, deep green leaves. They provide a ton of style during the growing season. And then? As a final finale, you'll adore the fantastic scarlet, orange, and sometimes purplish fall colors to help celebrate the close of the season.

Planting and Application:

This is a classic flowering shrub for an informal hedge that flowers, has fruit, and has incredible fall color! Use it to mark the edges of your property in a really attractive way. Backdrop garden beds to highlight other plants and perennials. Use the dense branching as a barrier and screening along your property, or divide your front yard from the sidewalk for a lovely touch of privacy!

They make fantastic screening plants because they hold their beautiful foliage right to the ground. Use in place of Boxwood or Privet, as deer-resistant hedgerows beneath dappled shade areas, and as bird-friendly shelterbelts along the back of your property without worry!

Use Cotoneaster in formal settings, too! They can be trimmed as a sheared hedge for a decidedly modern take on classical garden design. Peking is tall enough - at 8 to 10 feet at maturity - that it can be 'limbed up' to show off as a multi-trunked small accent tree if you'd like! Anchor garden beds or soften the corner of your home's foundation with this uniquely styled large bush! Plant a row of Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster along the rest of your foundation for a pretty, yet hardy foundation planting that won't block windows!

  • Elegant, Shiny Green Foliage
  • Pink Flowers That Look Like Apple Blossoms
  • Small Black Berries Feed Birds Into Winter
  • Fast-Growing!
  • Incredible Fall Colors
  • Good Sized Shrub, Privacy Hedge, Backdrop, Specimen & Anchor

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Cotoneasters do well in partial shade to full sunlight. The beauty of this deciduous shrub is how simple it is to grow! It requires one simple request - well-drained organic soil. Water cannot pool where you plant this shrub, as the root system needs air. Raise up the planting soil by several inches with native soil, if needed. Give it good drainage and it will perform like a trooper!

For best results, water during extended drought and provide a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around the entire root system. 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
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Very Adaptable, Pollution-Tolerant & Easy-To-Grow

We regularly sell out of this magnificent plant. Order now, but be sure to order enough for your entire project! Snap up your Peking Cotoneaster bushes from Nature Hills Nursery!

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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Peking 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, Partial Shade
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