- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This vigourous, semi-evergreen shrub or tree bears clusters of small creamy-white flowers in June. These are followed by masses of almost spherical, bright red berries in late autumn. This fabulous autumn display corresponds with the normally deep green leaves taking on a bronze-tint. This is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny spot, but it needs space to express itself. The berries are highly attractive to birds.
- Garden care: After flowering in late spring or early summer, lightly cut back any branches that spoil the symmetry of the plant and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. In autumn trim back lightly any branches that obscure the display of fruit.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Q:I am looking for a hedging plant eventually about eight foot high for privacy I have been recommended Cotoneaster x Watereri Cornubia but it needs to kept quite flat againest a fence because I have a herbaceous border in front. Would this be suitable and when would it need pruning ?Asked on 2/10/2014 by plantdotty from Manchester
This is a lovely cotoneaster which you could use, but it does have an arching habit. Alternatively you could use Cotoneaster lacteus which can be kept pruned back against a fence.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 6/10/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi, How tall would the plant be in the 3 litre pot?Asked on 28/3/2014 by Ann
This plant will be approx 30-40cm tall in a 3lt pot. Hope this helps.Answered on 31/3/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I'm looking for a something to plant that will attract birds to my balcony, and a search result came up with the Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia'. Before I buy it from you, can you please tell me if the product will already have fruits on it?
Thank you.Asked on 21/8/2013 by dellybean from London
I am afraid we cannot guarantee that any of our plants will be in flowers or with fruits when despatched.
You don't say how large your balcony is but this shrub/tree can eventually get quite large, but there are other plants that attract birds into the garden that you might like.
I have attached a link below, which you can then refine further to the size of plant, if you want evergreen, flowering time etc.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 22/8/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Screening plants that are wildlife friendly
Hi, Hope you can help? I'm looking for some plants that will help screen the bottom of my garden from the neighbours,- it's not a large garden. I like plants that are great for birds, butterflies, bees, etc. but not too neat looking, and for any soil and weather condition. We have had Buddlejas, but fancy a change. Look forward to hearing from you. Kindest regards WendyAsked on 28/2/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello Wendy, There are several things that spring to mind - here are some of my favourites:- Rosa glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/bush-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-glauca-/classid.2337/ Cornus alba Elegantissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cornus-alba-elegantissima/classid.959/ Cotoneaster http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-frigidus-cornubia/classid.1020/ Fuchsia Riccartonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fuchsia-riccartonii/classid.3874/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Suggestions for planting low maintenance border please
Hello, I recently had my garden extended by a piece of land measuring 34 metres by 14 metres, and my son purchased 23 Phormiums from you in last August on my behalf. I was delighted with the service I received, and the plants appear to be thriving well especially considering the dreadful weather we have suffered this winter. We also bought Rootgrow from you to assist with their development ,and also for use when we moved mature Acers and other shrubs. I still need more shrubs or other types of plants and would appreciate some advice as to what to use. Along one of the 14 metre lengths there is a "hedge" of bamboo plants, and adjacent to these on the return (long) length there is a small rise of earth, tapering down to ground level, with a specimen black bamboo at the end of the mound. There is also a mature acer, which we had to move, situated at the edge of the dividing path (between the lawn) on the field side of the garden. Would it be possible for you to suggest the names of suitable plants which I could purchase from you and which would compliment the existing ones. I am in my eighties and therefore need a very low maintenance garden. I would also like to introduce a little colour if possible. My garden is very exposed and is on quite a windy site. I look forward to your reply.Asked on 15/2/2010 by Marian Burgess
A:Hello there, There are many plants that might tempt you - here are some of my favourites:- Fatsia japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fatsia-japonica/classid.3840/ Rodgersia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rodgersia/cat.plants/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/cat.plants/ Hydrangea paniculata http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hydrangea-paniculata/ Aucuba japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/aucuba-japonica/classid.277/ Rosa rugosa Alba http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-alba/classid.1148/ Cotoneaster http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cotoneaster/ Buddleja http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.buddleja/ I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Sorbus tree as focal point for our new development
Hi, I was just looking at your website, and was wondering if your Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' - Mountain Ash would be suitable in a shaded areas against an adjoining flank wall to our neighbour. Or would you have any other ideas? It is for an inner city location, and requires fairly low maintenance. The vicinity of next door's wall may hinder it's lateral growth. Would be nice to see something a little unusual as a focal point in a very small communal space. Await your response! Thanks IanAsked on 15/9/2009 by Ian Brown
A:Hello Ian, These trees prefer a sunnier spot, and I would never recommend planting a tree very close to a structure. A better alternative would be either a Pyracantha
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/ or a Cotoneaster
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-frigidus-cornubia/classid.1020/, both of which can be trained to grow flat on a trellis or network of wires on the wall. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/9/2009 by Ian Brown
Q:Why hasn't my Cotoneaster produced fruit?
I bought a Cotoneaster shrub from you approx 18 months ago and it has not produced any berries. It did not even flower in the spring. Can you please tell me why?Asked on 27/9/2006 by email@example.com
A:It is relatively common for newly planted shrubs to direct all their attention into producing a good root system rather than flowers or fruit so it may just need time to settle in. There are however several other reasons why plants don't produce flowers (and later fruit). These include too much shade, not enough water during the summer months or it may just be the type of fertilizer you are using. Fertilizers that contain high amounts of nitrogen will promote lots of healthy leaf growth, while potash encourages fruit and flowers. Therefore, to give your Cotoneaster a bit of a push, you should feed it with Sulphate of Potash throughout the growing season.Answered on 28/9/2006 by Crocus
Q:Which plants are Deer proof?
I want a list of Deer proof plants please. It`s either a change in habitat or environment, but I get total devastation now and in the last two years they come up the drive.Asked on 3/2/2006 by david
A:Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful, but it is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual tastes which might like the bitter taste! Below is a list of good plants that generally are quite successful though. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Elaeagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally, fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer eat roses and some thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly will exclude them. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.Answered on 6/2/2006 by Crocus
Q:What can I plant that the deers won't eat?
What types of plants do deer not like? If you could help me out I could greatly appreciate it.Asked on 18/3/2005 by Kelly L. Sliker
A:Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful. It is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual taste which might like a bitter taste, but the following is a list of plants that generally are quite successful. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Eleagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer do eat roses and some other thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly tend to keep them out. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.Answered on 21/3/2005 by Crocus
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