Cotoneaster adpressus ‘Little Gem’

compact cotoneaster

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem' is a dense, semi-evergreen, compact grower that produces brilliant red berries and is very easy to grow. Multifaceted, this cotoneaster can be used as a groundcover, in foundation plantings, as edging at the front of beds, in rock gardens, and it looks nice cascading over banks and retaining walls. 'Little Gem' is drought resistant and tolerant of salt spray so is perfectly at home near the ocean.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: white flowers in spring, red berries in autumn

Wildlife Associations: bees, birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: red, silver, dark green

Culture Notes
This cotoneaster grows best in well drained soil in full sun. It is a very adaptable plant and will tolerate light shade and sandy or clay soil conditions. Provide occasional watering during dry weather. Almost no pruning is necessary to maintain a beautiful compact plant.