Cotoneaster lacteus

Parney cotoneaster

milk flower cotoneaster

arching cotoneaster

  • © Patrick Breen - Oregon State University

  • © Patrick Breen - Oregon State University

  • © Patrick Breen - Oregon State University

Outstanding Qualities

This larger cotoneaster grows upright and spreading with a relaxed form up to 10 feet tall and wide. The evergreen foliage is dark green above and silvery underneath. A profusion of white flower clusters in early summer give way to bright red berries in autumn; the former much loved by bees and butterflies while the latter are a favorite of birds in wintertime.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 14 ft. 0 in. (4.27 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 14 ft. 0 in. (4.27 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: white

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

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: white flowers in early summer, red berries in fall, year-round evergreen foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun for the best growth & flowering, although Cotoneaster lacteus will tolerate light to open shade. The soil should be well-draining and can average to rich. Drought tolerant, once established, but if planted with companions that require occasional to regular watering, it will grow just fine.