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Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Scarlet Leader'

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Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Scarlet Leader'

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Botanical Name

Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Scarlet Leader'

Outdoor Growing zone

6-8

Mature Height

1-2

Mature Width

4-6

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

DOES NOT SHIP TO

AK, CA, HI, PR

The Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster is a low-growing evergreen shrub that spreads fast, but won’t become invasive. It forms a low carpet just a foot or two tall, but spreading to about 6 feet wide, so just a few plants will cover a large area. It is fast-growing and has attractive slender leaves a little like willow. White flowers in spring are followed by clusters of red berries in fall and early winter. The foliage can turn bronzy purple-red in winter, adding extra interest. Use it to cover bare banks and sloping ground, along or beneath larger shrubs and trees. It will grow over rocks and cascade over retaining walls and terracing.

  • Just one plant covers 6 to 8 feet
  • Unusual willow-shaped evergreen leaves
  • Big fall and winter crop of bright red berries
  • Ideal for covering bare slopes and rocky ground
  • Winter leaves are bronzy purple

Full sun is best for the Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster, but it will take a little shade as well. It grows vigorously and easily in most soils, just as long as they are well-drained. It is usually free of pests or diseases, and needs no particular attention. Longer shoots can be trimmed as needed to keep it dense and neat, but don’t trim too often, as this will reduce flowering and berry production.

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