Cotoneaster divaricatus


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Sarah Cuttle, copyright GAP Photos (23709)

Plant details

Deciduous cotoneasters are fine plants with attractive flowers in late spring and early summer, but they are mainly grown for their brilliant displays of berries and bright leaf tints in autumn, when they become a major feature. C. divaricatus is one of the best for late colour. It is a handsome shrub, quite large for many gardens but easily restrained by annual pruning, and very attractive when in flower, the small cup-shaped blooms, flushed with pink, prettily decorating the branching stems. In autumn the berries and leaves combine in a fiery display.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Cotoneaster

Species: divaricatus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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