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‘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
Description
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)
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.