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Little-leaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster microphyllus ‘Thymifolius’

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Little-leaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster microphyllus ‘Thymifolius’

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Botanical Name

Cotoneaster microphyllus ‘Thymifolius’

Outdoor Growing zone

5-7

Mature Height

2-3

Mature Width

3-4

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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The Little-leaf Cotoneaster is a charming shrub that grows slowly into a mound of slender branches, about 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. While young it looks like a miniature tree – even more so with a little careful pruning. The small leaves are glossy green, turning bronzy red in winter. In spring small white flowers stud the branches, and these are followed by ¼ inch bright red berries through fall and winter. This unique plant is often grown in miniature gardens, tray gardens, or as bonsai. It fits into a rock garden of any size, and once older it can be grown in a garden bed, perhaps beside a walkway.

  • Charming miniature shrub with stiff branches like a tiny tree
  • Minute leaves and miniature stems
  • Tiny white flowers in spring and red berries in fall
  • Perfect for miniature gardening, tray gardens and bonsai
  • Great for natural rock gardens too

The Little-leaf Cotoneaster will grow well in full sun or some partial shade, in any well-drained soil. It prefers coarse, gritty soils, such as are found in rock gardens. It is easy to grow – but pay attention to watering during summer – and it generally stays free of pests or diseases. It can be allowed to grow naturally or trimmed into tree-like forms.

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