Cotoneaster procumbens ‘Queen of Carpets’
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.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy
Great Color Partners: silver, red, dark green
Culture NotesThis 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.
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Plant Type: spreading shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
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