Cotoneaster horizontalis

cotoneaster

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The glossy dark green leaves of this small, spreading, deciduous shrub are studded with tiny, pinkish-white flowers in May, followed by bright red autumn berries. The leaves turn orange-red before they fall. The branches form a pretty herringbone pattern, which means the plant looks stunning grown flat against a wall. It is also an excellent groundcover plant for a sunny border.

  • Garden care: After flowering, 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.

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5.0

I would recommend this product

By Ann

from SHEFFIELD

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about Cotoneaster horizontalis:

    I used this product to cover a space I had that no flowers would grow in

    • Your Gardening Experience:
    • Real novice
     
    5.0

    I would buy this item again

    By Thomo

    from Lancashire

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight

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      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Cotoneaster horizontalis:

      In really good condition when It arrived and has flourished well since planting (which was the day after arrival)

      • Your Gardening Experience:
      • Keen but clueless
       
      4.0

      Easy and good for covering things

      By Isabel

      from Wiltshire

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          Comments about Cotoneaster horizontalis:

          Grows outwards rather than up so excellent for covering things like manhole covers or tree stumps. Neat. Not showy but easy and useful.

          • Your Gardening Experience:
          • Experienced

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          • Q:

            What is the best time to plant?
            Asked on 22/4/2016 by Digger from London

            1 answer

            • Plant Doctor

              A:

              Hello,

              This is a pretty tough plant, so it can be planted at any time of the year provided the ground is not frozen in winter. Traditionally spring or autumn are considered the best times, but if you plant now, do make sure it is kept well watered during the warmer months.

              Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
          • Q:

            Hello, we used to have a Cotoneaster which arched nicely around our front door. Unfortunately it must have got a disease or something and it suddenly died which was a great shame. We would like to try and regrow a new one around the arch of the doorway again. In my naivety I thought there would be one kind of cotoneaster but there seems to be various types. I need some help choosing the right kind that will grow vertically and hang onto a trellis or wire as I try and shape it as it grows around the door.
            Many thanks in advance for any help.
            Asked on 5/8/2014 by Outofmydepth from Surrey

            1 answer

          • Q:

            Plants for an difficult area

            HELP, please...... I have moved into one of those places where the front garden is just paving blocks (I do need to use it as I have no garage). I have managed to put in a curved triangular bed which is about 5 foot either side - I could increase this by another foot if it helps. The site is extremely windy, catches the frosts and only gets the sun in the late afternoon. Also rain runs down into this area. I am looking for ideas on what to plant......should I go for several small plants, or one specimen plant? Nothing can get taller than around 3 - 4 foot. I also plan to put some spring bulbs in, but I don't want to give myself too much work as I am a pensioner and on my own, and already have a reasonable sized back garden to cope with. Is this impossible or can you help me? Many thanks Sue
            Asked on 18/3/2010 by Susan Chipchase

            1 answer

          • 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

            1 answer

          • Q:

            Plants to replace a lawn

            Dear Sir I have a small lawn at the front of my garden and want to use plants other than grass. Can you give me some ideas of plants that could give a low effect of green or some planting scheme that would look ok ? Richard
            Asked on 19/1/2010 by richard wood

            1 answer

          • Q:

            Trailing plant to cover a wall

            Afternoon, I am looking for a trailing colourful (ideally evergreen) plant to cover a wall below a flower bed in London.The ground floor of my house overlooks this wall which faces north so it would be so improved to be covered in greenery and colour. Are there any trailing roses? I am not sure Aubretia would be 'large' enough. Thank you Helen
            Asked on 7/10/2009 by Helen Pennant-Rea

            1 answer

            • A:

              Hello Helen, There are a couple of roses which could be used to tumble over the edge, but they would not be evergreen, and they will not produce many flowers in the shade. A better alternative would be Cotoneaster horizontalis, which although deciduous would grow well and give spring flowers and autumn berries - just click on the following link to take you straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-horizontalis-/classid.1028/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

              Answered on 8/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
          • 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 customerservice@crocus.co.uk

            1 answer

            • 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

            1 answer

            • 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

            1 answer

            • 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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