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Variegated Rock Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Variegatus'

An interesting accent or groundcover due to its prostrate arching branches that display a herringbone pattern. Dainty leaves are edged in white, shaded pink to red in fall. Colorful orange red fall foliage backs shiny red fruit. Thrives in cool summer areas and adapts well to coastal conditions. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

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


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Botanical Pronunciationko-to-ne-AS-ter hor-i-zon-TA-lis var-i-e-GA-tus
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing 2 to 3 ft. tall, 5 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasLovely white variegation on this valuable low growing shrub. Plant as a groundcover or where it can spread its herringbone branches up against the wall. Pruning damages its fine form. Red berries are a fine addition to the winter landscape.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth Habit22
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureFall Color, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPlant against a partial shade wall with big leaf foliage plants like Hosta and Heuchera. Use as a sunny groundcover with a background of taller perennials and shrubs that offset the berries like Penstemmon, Heavenly Bamboo, Smoke Tree, and Yucca.

Thrives in average to poor, well-drained soils. Space 4 to 5 ft. apart as groundcover; mulch to control weeds until plants fill in. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought in cooler climates. Fertilize in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-7

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