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Rockspray Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis 'var. perpusillus'

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Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis 'var. perpusillus') at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses

Rockspray Cotoneaster foliage

Rockspray Cotoneaster foliage

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Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis 'var. perpusillus') at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses

Rockspray Cotoneaster

Rockspray Cotoneaster

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster


A superb low growing groundcover, literally hugs the ground; 'herringbone' branching in horizontal tiers; pretty pink flowers in spring followed by brilliant red fruit in fall

Ornamental Features

Rockspray Cotoneaster is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. It features tiny clusters of pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Rockspray Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Rockspray Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Rockspray Cotoneaster will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features


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