Cotoneaster Tom Thumb in landscape

‘Tom Thumb’

Cotoneaster - Creeping

Cotoneaster adpressus

'Tom Thumb'

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Cotoneaster Tom Thumb in landscape
  • Unique texture
  • Three-season interest
  • Versatile habit

Tom Thumb' cotoneaster creates a fine, pincushion-like texture in the garden, with glossy dark green leaves, pink spring flowers, and red fruit and foliage in autumn.

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2 - 6"

Width 2 - 4'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

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.