Our range of Cotoneaster are popular for their year round interest which can include white flowers, brightly colour winter berries, evergreen leaves and variegated leaves. We offer a number of varieties including weeping, arching or small trees. Cotoneasters are also easy to grow, being suited to most soils and requiring little pruning which can be done at any time of year.
Contoneaster are a flowering plant from the rose family, Rosaceae, closely related to hawthorns, firethorns, photinias and rowans. There are around 300 species of Cotoneaster, with some of the varieties differing hugely due to the versatility of this plant. There are evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties; some are ground-coverers and some can be trained flat against a wall; while others grow to be substantial shrubs, or even small trees.
The flowers are produced in late spring through early summer, and can emerge as solitary flowers or clustered together in masses, depending on the variety. Cotoneaster flowers are flat-petalled and flushed with various shades ranging from, fluffy white through creamy white, to light pink and dark pink, and sometimes even showcasing red tones. The fruits develop later in the year, as pink, bright red or orange berries and create a colourful display. Fruit on certain varieties is long-lasting and can adorn the branches until the following year, giving great winter interest.
Some varieties are also known for their branches, with weeping Cotoneasters boasting slender, arching branches and others producing an attractive ‘herringbone’ pattern with their branches. These dense shrubs are commonly used for landscaping and have a huge wildlife interest, with the flowers attracting both bees and butterflies and the fruits being eaten by birds. Cotoneasters are also known for being popular amongst moths.