- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Flower colour: milky white
- Other features: the seeds of the fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested.
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Clusters of milky white flowers in June, followed by bright red autumn berries which persist into winter. This dense, evergreen shrub makes a fantastic informal hedge for a sunny or partly shady site. It's ideal for the wildlife garden, since the flowers and fruit are a valuable food source for birds and bees.
- Garden care: In late spring or early summer 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.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Q:If planting as a hedge, how far apart would you plant?Asked on 3/11/2015 by howard from Widnes
If you want a nice thick hedge, then you should plant really densely. Therefore, I would recommend planting at 45cm intervals.Answered on 4/11/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have 2 Cotoneaster, planted against a North wall. The plants are about 4 years old, To my surprise they do not have flowers, and they are small.Asked on 11/10/2015 by Jilly from Plymouth.
Cotoneasters are pretty tough plants, but if they have not put on much new growth or have not started to flower after 4 years, then I suspect the growing conditions are just too inhospitable and need some improvement. Therefore, try to get more light to them if you can by cutting back overhanging branches, and make sure they are kept well fed and well watered and you should start to see an improvement in growth next year.Answered on 12/10/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Does cotoneaster lacteus grow true from seed. I am growing a number of seedlings but they seem to differ greatly from each other.Asked on 8/7/2014 by Catwoman from knutsford
You will usually find some variation in species, however Cotoneaster lacteus should come true from seed.Answered on 10/7/2014 by helen from crocus
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