How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is an evergreen ground cover that is hardy even in zone 5, without the leaves being damaged. It has small, glossy leaves on low, arching stems, with a single plant covering 6 feet or more, and staying just 12 to 18 inches tall. It is perfect for the front of large beds, or for covering sloping and rocky areas. In spring the branches are garlanded with small white blooms, and in late summer, through fall and into winter, the heavy crop of orange-red berries on this variety makes a great show. These also provide valuable food for birds in winter, and butterflies visit the blooms in spring.
- Handsome evergreen ground cover
- Heavy crop of orange-red berries in fall
- Winter leaves are reddish to purple
- Perfect way to cover slopes and rocky areas
- Naturally low and wide-spreading for the front of beds
Grow the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster in full sun, or a little shade, in well-drained soil. It will grow in most garden conditions, but not in wet ground. It has good drought resistance once it is established, so it is ideal for poor soil and drier areas, although not in hot zones in hot, open places without any water. Pests and diseases usually leave it alone, and the only care needed is to remove a few old branches each year, to encourage fresh new growth.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
- Mature Width 4-6
- Mature Height 1-1.5
- Soil Conditions Well-Drained Soil
- Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
Plants that cover large areas of the garden, without growing tall, are always valuable and welcome. When they come with a bright display of white spring blooms, and a stunning show of red berries in fall, plus attractive glossy leaves, then no garden can be without such a plant. This is why the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is such a popular plant – and a rewarding one too.
Growing the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster
Size and Appearance
The Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is a low, spreading evergreen bush that usually stays between 12 and 18 inches tall, but spreads outwards to cover an area up to 6 feet or more across. The branches are a little like fish-bones, with a strong central stem and tightly packed narrow branches growing all along them. It is fast-growing, and the branches spread out in all directions, soon becoming a dense mound, that blocks out weeds, and makes an attractive plant of a charming, slightly irregular form. The small leaves are 1¼ inches long and 5/8 of an inch wide, with a leathery texture. They are deep green on the upper surface, and gray-green on the bottom, with a rich, glossy sheen on the top. In fall and into winter they become reddish to purple, adding an interesting touch to the winter garden.
In May – or June in colder zones – small white flowers, with 5 open petals, grow all along the stems, singly or in pairs. These are about ½ inch across, but their profusion makes an attractive display. These become small berries which are green in summer, and then turn bright, orange-red by late summer or early fall. These cover the plants profusely, making a beautiful display. They last well into winter, and they are eventually taken by birds or animals as valuable winter food.
Using the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster in Your Garden
Grow the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster as a ground cover in the front of shrub beds. In the foundation planting around your home it looks great with taller evergreens behind it, and it won’t block even windows that come to the floor. Use it in garden beds to add beauty in front of taller shrubs, without blocking them. It is perfect for covering sloping ground, as the roots and stems prevent soil erosion, and the cascading effect of the branches is simply beautiful. Grow it among rocks and boulders, with other low-growing plants, to turn a pile of rocks into a garden feature. Use it to edge a driveway, broad path or terrace. It is best planted in beds that are edged by hard surfaces, such as driveways or terraces, rather than with lawns, as its spreading habit may lead it to grow across the grass if you have planted too close to the front of the bed. Use it around trees in large planters and boxes, to finish the planting and cover the bare soil. Colorful in all seasons, this is one of the most useful plants in the garden.
The Royal Beauty Cotoneaster grows from zone 5 to zone 9, although it does not like the hot and humid conditions in zones 8 and 9 in the south-east.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
This plant grows best in full sun, but it will take a few hours of shade each day without trouble. It grows best in very well-drained and gravel soils, and it should not be planted in wet ground. It is drought resistant once established, but a steady supply of water will give the best results.
Maintenance and Pruning
The Royal Beauty Cotoneaster rarely suffers from any pests or diseases, and it needs very little care to thrive and bring beauty to your garden. Older plants should have some branches removed close to the ground in spring, to encourage new growth, as plants can become woody over time. Thin out a few older stems each year, but otherwise no significant care is needed. Always allow enough room for it to spread, as hard trimming will destroy the natural arching form, and diminish the beauty of this plant.
History and Origin of the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster
The Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is a selected form of a hybrid plant called Cotoneaster x suecicus. It is a cross between the bearberry cotoneaster, Cotoneaster dammeri and the Tibetan cotoneaster, Cotoneaster conspicuous. These plants grow wild in China in mountainous areas and open forest, often on cliff sides and stony ground. A variety called ‘Coral Beauty’ was selected because it is more winter hardy, and with a heavier crop of berries, than wild plants. It began as a seedling found in 1967 at the nursery of W. Hoogendoorn and Sons, in the town of Boskoop, The Netherlands. This is the plant commonly known as Royal Beauty, and sometimes also called Royal Carpet or Pink Beauty.
Buying the Royal Beauty Cotoneaster at the Tree Center
Our plants are grown from selected stem pieces taken from healthy plants of this exact variety, and not grown from seed, which will give very variable and unreliable plants. Although it has been grown for many years, this plant has no equal for toughness and beauty, so the demand is always strong, and our stock will be gone soon. Order now and settle back for relaxed gardening.