What does a cotoneaster bush look like?
A large, deciduous shrub, C. multiflorus, aka many-flowered or showy cotoneaster has an upright, mounding growth habit with a graceful, weeping form. In late spring, stems are covered with a profusion of small white flowers followed by bright, cerise red berries. Leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow in fall.
How do you identify cotoneaster?
Identification features of cotoneaster include:
- Green shrubs and small trees, some deciduous and some evergreen.
- All cotoneaster species are without thorns and have shiny leaves.
- Leaves are hairless on the upper surface and slightly hairy on the underneath of the leaf.
Is Cotoneaster horizontalis invasive?
While it makes excellent garden plants, Cotoneaster horizontalis is listed as an invasive, non-native species on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales.
How fast does Cotoneaster horizontalis grow?
around 20-40cm per year
Cotoneaster franchetti and lacteus hedge plants only require a light trim once a year, after the berries have fallen, whereas Cotoneaster horizontalis requires pruning in late winter or early spring. Cotoneaster simonsii will be at its best at heights between 1-1. 5m and grows at around 20-40cm per year.
How do you train Cotoneaster horizontalis?
The simplest way to train a cotoneaster is to hammer in rust-proof nails where needed to support stems, then use extension growth to develop the coverage upwards.
How do you prune a Cotoneaster horizontalis?
Prune the branches just above new buds. If you are wondering how to prune cotoneaster that appears to be overly dense, cut a few of the oldest branches. Pick branches in the center of the shrub and prune back to ground level.
How do I get rid of cotoneaster horizontalis?
Fill a bucket with 1 cup of an herbicide containing the active ingredient triclopyr and 3 cups of any cooking oil. Stir the mixture up with a paint stirrer to combine the two well. The cooking oil acts as a surfactant and causes the herbicide to adhere to the cotoneaster stumps better.
How do I get rid of Cotoneaster horizontalis?
Will Cotoneaster horizontalis grow up a wall?
While no cotoneaster is a true climber, several can be persuaded to cover walls and fences provided the stems are pinned into position as they grow. Cotoneaster horizontalis is most widely used for this purpose.
Is Cotoneaster horizontalis Evergreen?
Cotoneaster horizontalis is deciduous but it is in the winter that it is most remarkable. It has a herringbone pattern of stems which form a basketweave structure, dripping with berries on its dark wood. For evergreen Cotoneaster varieties, see Cotoneaster franchetii, Cotoneaster simonsii or Cotoneaster lacteus.
Where does Cotoneaster horizontalis get its berries from?
Cotoneaster horizontalis is a woody, perennial, deciduous or semi-evergreen, procumbent shrub with horizontally spreading branches. It is native to parts of China, and has been introduced widely to Europe, North America, Australasia and other parts of the world as an attractive garden plant with bright red berries which often persist into winter.
Why is Cotoneaster horizontalis a good flower for birds?
Cotoneaster horizontalis is known for attracting bees, birds and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge. Created with Sketch.
What is the Latin name for rockspray Cotoneaster?
Rockspray cotoneaster is a coarse, dense, slow-growing, shrub that reaches 2-3 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. The Latin name which includes horizontalis refers to its horizontal spreading habit.
What kind of plant is a Cotoneaster plant?
Cotoneasters are used ornamentally in shrub borders or as hedges and come in a range of forms and varieties, from deciduous to evergreen and from large shrubs to dwarf plants.