Tom Thumb Cranberry Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster apiculatus 'Tom Thumb'

Tiny glossy leaves grace the arching branches of this tidy, compact variety. Spreads as a dense mound requiring little to no pruning to maintain its shape, making it an excellent low-maintenance groundcover. Offers bright red to burgundy fall foliage hues. Grows well in poor soils, including dry areas and clay. Semi-evergreen to deciduous.
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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationko-to-ne-AS-ter a-pik-u-LA-tus
LoreThe name Cotoneaster derives from cotoneum, a Latin name for the quince, and the suffix -aster, meaning 'resembling'.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 5 ft wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasPlant en masse over a wide area to create a weed-blocking groundcover. Works well in rock gardens as a backdrop for plants with blue-green or red foliage. Place near plants with larger foliage to add a contrasting texture.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Erosion Control, Espalier, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsMagnolia (Magnolia); Rose (Rosa); Juniper (Juniperus); Dogwood (Cornus); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum)

Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but does not do well in hot, humid climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

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