Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens’

spreading willowleaf cotoneaster

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens' is one fast, easy to grow, and pest resistant groundcover. What an addition to the garden! This low growing cotoneaster is fully evergreen and will quickly fill hillsides and open areas with its deep, green shiny leaves. In early autumn, brilliant red berries sparkle among the foliage remaining bright throughout the winter. Once established, spreading Willowleaf Cotoneaster is fully drought tolerant. While it will tolerate a wide range of soil types and light levels, for the most prolific berry set, plant this cotoneaster in full sun to partial shade. It is a great groundcover for sloped sites or those hard to mow areas. Because it is a fast grower, Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens' needs plenty of room to spread and fully develop.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

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

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 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: white flowers in spring, red berries in autumn

Wildlife Associations: bees, birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, 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 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.