Cotoneaster Scarlet Leader in mature landscape along road

‘Scarlet Leader’

Cotoneaster - Willowleaf

Cotoneaster salicifolius

'Scarlet Leader'

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Cotoneaster Scarlet Leader in mature landscape along road
  • Unique texture
  • Deer resistant
  • Versatile habit
A beautiful selection noted for heavy crops of scarlet fruit and long, narrow, dark green leaves, 'Scarlet Leader' cotoneaster is a rapid grower with a low, spreading habit. Excellent for mass plantings.

USDA Zone 5 - 8 (-20°F/-28°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 1 - 2'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Tolerates sandy soils, clay soils, and anythiing in between. Not finicky about fertility or pH.

Pruning Seldom needed, but may be pruned selectively in early spring. Blooms on old wood, so pruning will remove flowers and subsequent fruiting.

Uses Cotoneaster offers a lot of versatility in the garden - it's a peerless groundcover, edging plant, or rock garden plant. It's also useful for planting on walls to accentuate its strongly cascading habit.

Growing Tips Cotoneaster may be grown as a standard as well as a low, ground-hugging shrub. Good sun and air circulation ensure a healthy, handsome plant.