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Cotoneaster atropurpureus 'Variegatus'

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (217984)

Plant details

This is a lovely, variegated cotoneaster with horizontally-spreading branches, which looks great in the garden for most of the year. It has small, oval, variegated leaves with attractive creamy-white margins, which turn a fantastic pink-red in autumn. Small, white flowers appear in late spring, followed by bright scarlet red berries in autumn before the leaves drop. This shrub is best grown in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Cotoneaster

Species: atropurpureus

Cultivar: Variegatus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 70cm

Spread: 100cm

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