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Cotoneaster salicifolius


Willowleaf Cotoneaster




Origin:  Western Sichuan, China, ; introduced in 1908.
Family
Rosaceae
Genus
Cotoneaster
Species
salicifolius
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (evergreen)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
6 - 7
Height
50 cm
Spread
1 - 2 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
May
General Description
Large evergreen shrub with a spreading, arching habit. It will become leggy at its base unless pruned.
Landscape
Large evergreen shrub valued for its fruit especially in European gardens; perhaps more important as a parent in some of the larger fruited ground cover types.
Shape
Low and spreading.
Growth
Fast
ID Characteristic
Distinctive glossy narrow leaves, wooly white beneath on slender drooping stems. Produces a profusion of small red berries.
Pests
Chance of fireblight infestations and occasional winter burn.
Habitat
Found growing in scrub at 2600 - 3000 m.
Leaf Description
Leaves are oval-oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 3.5-8.5 cm long and are a lustrous dark green, rugose and glabrous above and grey tomentose below.
Flower Description
Flowers are individual, small, white, rose like, generally sticky and borne in woolly 5 cm diameter clusters.
Fruit Description
Fruit is bright red with 2 - 3 nutlets, which often persist through the winter months. Fruiting in July.
Colour Description
Leaves are a lustrous dark green during the growing season, which tend to change to plum purple during the winter months. Flowers are white, while the fruit is bright red.
Texture Description
Medium through the seasons.
Notable Specimens
Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The Fanshawe College Botanical Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Best in moist, well-drained, acid soil and in sun or partial shade.
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