Trees and shrubs

Cotoneaster: renowned for its pretty berries


The cotoneaster is a very beautiful shrub, appreciated in particular for its berries.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Cotoneaster
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 0.5 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Obsolete or persistent -Flowering : May

Maintenance, from planting to pruning the cotoneaster is very easy and the decorative effect guaranteed in the garden or in a pot on the terrace.

Cottoneaster plantation

Cotoneaster is ideally plantedin autumn, this will promote rooting. It is indeed during this period, around mid-November, that the planting conditions are the most favorable.

Planting possible in spring for all subjects bought in containers but with more regular watering at the start.

  • Cotoneaster can be used to create pretty, very decorative hedges.
  • Follow the vouchers planting tips.

The cultivation of cotoneaster in pots is quite possible.

Multiply the cotoneaster:

Cotoneaster is a shrub that is easily propagated by cuttings, the easiest and fastest technique to achieve this.

Although cutting may seem difficult, it is the best way to propagate this shrub.

Before you start, equip yourself with cutting hormone to increase your chances of success.

  • The cuttings take place in end of summer for the persistent species, on semi-hardwood.
  • The deciduous species cuttings during summer on soft wood.

Cottoneaster maintenance


Easy to maintain, the cotoneaster is an easy shrub as its needs are limited.

As with most plants, good hoeing will limit weed growth and allow the rain to flow well to the roots.

  • Cotoneaster needs water in the summer when the soil is very dry.

Cotoneaster size:

We can prune the persistent cotoneaster at early spring to balance the shrub to your liking.

The cotoneaster is not afraid of pruning and can even be severely trimmed if necessary, always preferably at the same time.

For the deciduous species, you can reshape your silhouette by cutting them before the vegetation resumes.

Regular pruning helps maintain a compact habit, beautiful flowering and good density of foliage.

Watering the cotoneaster:

Cotoneaster only needs waterin case of strong heat but above all regular watering during the first year after planting.

You can also water in summer, especially if it doesn't rain for several days.

The potted cottoneaster needs more water, water as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

Cotoneaster diseases

Quite resistant to disease, cotoneaster can nevertheless be a victim of fire blight, which gives it little chance of surviving.

We will also note the presence of summer mealybugs and aphids, the main pests of cotoneaster.

  • here's how fight against mealybugs
  • here's how fight against aphids

To know about the cotoneaster

This shrub, which is most often found in hedges, shrubs or ground cover, is recognizable by its very decorative red berries. We count nearly 200 species.

It is also an excellent ground cover when using in particular the variety Cotoneaster horizontalis.

We will rather choose the Cotoneaster franchetii to form a hedge of 2 to 3 m high.

Her flowering offers small white flowers or slightly pinkish in spring which have the advantage of being particularly meliferous.

In late summer and fall, the cotoneaster covers itself with red berries and then keeps these red fruits throughout the winter, which makes the birds very happy.

In winter, its resistance to cold and frost in the order of -15 ° gives it good hardiness.

Smart tip

To save water, water the potted cotoneaster in the evening and lay down mineral mulch.

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