Hardy, Adaptable, Easy to Grow, Bonsai, Espalier, Ground Cover, Attracts Birds, Showy Flowers and Fruit, Fall Colors, Cold, Drought, Salt, and Wind Tolerant
Rockspray Cotoneaster is a hardy, dense, slow to moderate growing, semi-prostrate shrub that grows 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads over time to 6 to 8 feet wide on stiff, flattened, horizontal branching that features branchlets arranged in a fishbone pattern. Branching becomes somewhat tiered over time. Plants are deciduous in the northern parts of their growing range but semi-evergreen in the far southern locations.
Rockspray Cotoneaster offers a nice example of a plant with four-season interest. Round to elliptic, glossy dark green leaves to 1/2” long are attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves on deciduous plants turn reddish-purple in the fall. Five-petaled, tiny white to pink flowers appear singly or in pairs in late spring. Bees are attracted to flowers. Flowers are followed by bright scarlet fruits (pomes) 1/4” wide that mature in late summer to fall. The red berries persist thereafter and remain attractive into early winter but may show signs of shriveling and discoloration by mid-winter. By late winter the berries may attract hungry birds.
Other Names: Rockspray cotoneaster, Rock cotoneaster, RockSpray cotoneaster, Quinceberry, Cotoneaster davidiana Zone: 5 to 8 Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate Plant Type: Semi-Evergreen Low Growing Shrub Family: Rosaceae Native Range: Western China Height: 2 to 3 feet Spread: 6 to 8 feet Shape: Low dense ground cover with spreading branches Bloom Time: May-June Bloom Color: Pink or White Flower/Fruit: Small pink or white single or paired flowers in spring. Red 1/4 inch pome fruits. Bark: Gray, smooth. Stems have a fishbone pattern. Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade Fall Color: Reddish Purple Drought Tolerance: High, once established Water: Medium Maintenance: Low