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Cotoneaster Lacteus Tree

Late Cotoneaster Trees
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Commonly known as Late Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster Lacteus is a large evergreen shrub or small tree with arching branches. Its low-growing foliage works well as an easy solution to filling large spaces. It has pretty, white flowers that develop in large corymbs during spring and impressive clusters of orange-red berries in autumn which are wildlife-friendly and persist well into winter. The leaves are matte, dark-green (with a slight blue hue) and deeply veined with white, hairy undersides. 

Cotoneaster Lacteus will tolerate most conditions including dry soils and can survive in north-facing, cold sites, although like all flowering/berrying trees, it prefers sun or partial shade. A beautiful, wildlife-friendly, evergreen Cotoneater with year round interest.

AKA Late Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster lacteus shrub

  • Common name: Late Cotoneaster
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Foliage: White flowers amongst dark green foliage in spring and orange/red berries emerging in autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in most soil types

Planting Advice for Cotoneaster Lacteus trees

Our pot grown Late Cotoneaster trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie kit and if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard. For further information see our planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Cotoneaster Lacteus trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Late Cotoneaster trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Cotoneaster Lacteus trees

Late Cotoneaster trees and shrubs do not need a lot of pruning. Just trim any overly long or wayward branches. Any branches that are trailing toward the ground should also be removed as they can take root and form a separate tree. If you want to control the overall size of your cotoneaster tree, it can handle hard pruning. It can either be cut right back, or if you don’t wish to be that severe, remove 1 in every 3 branches, selecting the oldest each time. Pruning can be carried out at any time of year, but the dormant season (autumn to winter) is preferable.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cotoneaster Lacteus Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Cotoneaster Lacteus Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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