Cotoneaster dammeri

bearberry cotoneaster

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Outstanding Qualities

Cotoneaster dammeri is a dense, semi-evergreen, compact grower that produces brilliant red berries and is easy to grow. It works well as a ground cover, as a foundation plant, as edging in front of beds or borders, in rock gardens and cascading over banks and retaining walls. This creeping cotoneaster looks good in combination with larger Berberis.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established or occasional watering for full ripe fruit

Seasonal Interest: masses of tiny spring flowers followed by 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 groundcover cotoneaster grows best in well drained soil, but it will tolerate sandy soil and clay. It will flower and fruit most heavily in full sun, but will still give a good show in light or open shade. Although it is fully drought tolerant, once established occasional watering will help the fruit form to perfection in late summer and fall. Almost no pruning is necessary to maintain its low habit.
Geek Notes
Native to central China.