Cotoneaster dammeri

23 Nov

Cotoneaster dammeri detail

Cotoneaster dammeri detail (23/11/2010, London)

Position: Full sun to shade

SoilMoist well drained

Flowering period:Late Spring

Eventual Height: 30cm

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Rosaceae

Cotoneaster dammeri is a vigorously evergreen shrub with a low growing spreading habit. Its dark green glossy leaves are elliptical with entire margins, leathery in texture and up to 2cm long. The underside of the leaves are grey/ green and the turn shades of purple during the winter months. Its white flowers are small, flat petaled blooms. These are followed by a masses of red pomes, appearing in the autumn and remaining on the plant throughout the winter. Where branches of this plant touch the ground they may root.

Cotoneaster dammeri, commonly known as the Bearberry Cotoneaster, is native to China.

The etymological root of the binomial name Cotoneaster is derived from the old Latin name cotone ’quince’, aster being a Latin substantival suffix indicating ‘resembling’. Dammeri is named after Carl Lebrecht Udo Dammer, 20th century German botanist at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem.

Cotoneaster dammeri

Cotoneaster dammeri

The landscape architect may find Cotoneaster dammeri very useful as a low growing effective ground cover plant.

Ecologically, Cotoneaster dammeri flowers are attractive to bees and the berries are attractive to birds.

Cotoneaster dammeri has been awarded the prestigious Royal Horticultural Societies annual Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Cotoneaster dammeri  prefers a humus rich, well-drained soil. It will tolerate most pH of soil.

Cotoneaster dammeri requires little maintenance. Pruning should be carried out in the spring when the new growth is about to start.

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