Cotoneaster procumbens ‘Queen of Carpets’

ground-hugging cotoneaster

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Outstanding Qualities

The low tight ground-hugging quality of this cotoneaster makes it an attractive addition to the garden. In late summer through winter, bright red berries appear scattered among the small evergreen foliage. This cotoneaster has slower and more restrained growth than many of its other relatives. This restraint gives the gardener an opportunity to mix in other plants without fear of them being overtaken by this ground-hugging cotoneaster. As an added bonus, this cotoneaster will grow thick enough to keep out many weeds, while still allowing seasonal bulbs to pop up through its branches to heighten the garden's interest. As with most of its relatives, this cotoneaster is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions including tough urban soils and once established, it will tolerate a reasonable amount of drought. Plant this specimen around rockeries and watch its growth sculpt around the stones. Try using it as a small-scale groundcover with dwarf conifers or with other small shrubs.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

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

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

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

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established or occasional watering to keep fresh looking

Seasonal Interest: masses of tiny spring flowers followed by red berries in autumn

Wildlife Associations: bees, birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: silver, red, dark green

Culture Notes
This groundcover cotoneaster grows best in well drained soil, but it will tolerate sandy soil and clay. It will form a dense carpet in full sun, but still give good coverage in light or open shade. Provide occasional watering to keep it looking its best during dry weather. Almost no pruning is necessary to maintain its low, tight habit.