Cotoneaster procumbens ‘Queen of Carpets’

ground-hugging cotoneaster

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Synonyms: Cotoneaster cooperi

Cotoneaster microphyllus ‘Cooperi’

Outstanding Qualities

Still often sold as Cotoneaster microphyllus 'Cooperi' or C. cooperi the correct name is C. 'Queen of Carpets'. Be that as it may this low, tight ground-hugging shrub is ideal for rockeries where it will sculpt itself around the stones. The petite, dark evergreen leaves form a great back-drop to the diminutive white flowers and, later, bright red berries. 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.

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: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 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.