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Chinese Cotoneaster*

Cotoneaster dielsianus

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Chinese Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dielsianus) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Chinese Cotoneaster

Chinese Cotoneaster

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Cotoneaster dielsiana


An uncommon yet excellent low spreading groundcover shrub with a stunning arching branching habit and distinctive tiny leaves, features white flowers in spring and bright red fruit in fall

Ornamental Features

Chinese Cotoneaster features tiny clusters of white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in late spring. It has bluish-green foliage. The tiny glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding indian red in the fall. It produces red berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Chinese Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Chinese Cotoneaster will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Groundcover 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features