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Robusta Ground Cotoneaster*

Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Robusta'

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Robusta Ground Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Robusta') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster flowers

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster flowers

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

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster


A choice plant for massing and groundcover, featuring unforgettable 'herringbone' branching in horizontal tiers; pretty pink flowers in spring followed by brilliant red fruit in fall; semi-evergreen, a vigorous grower

Ornamental Features

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster features tiny clusters of shell pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces scarlet berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous 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
  • Disease

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Robusta Ground Cotoneaster will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast 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 locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


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

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