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This is one of the largest cotoneasters, often forming an enormous bushy shrub but also easily trained into a standard to make a handsome tree with graceful branches that bend beneath the weight of fruit. Flowering is spectacular, the white open booms clustered densely in flattened heads, while the berries which follow are among the largest in the genus, pea-size and a conspicuous shade of vivid red in autumn and all winter. May be planted 60cm (2ft) apart as a semi-formal hedge, clipped when the fruits begin to spoil. Thought by some to be a variety of C. x watereri. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: May to August
The best thing about this plant is the bright red berries in the winter. It attracts some great birds including Waxwings if you are lucky. It is big - mine are at least 5 meters high. Semi-ever green in a reasonable spot. Fast growing - I planted mine about 7 years ago from a small stick now they are 5 meters.
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I have had one of these my garden for 15 years and have kept it at 2 metres by trimming the long upward shoots to their base. I now have a brilliant small weeping tree covered in berries every Xmas and admired by all who see it. Now and again it is good to trim the under shoots that grow down as they are draining without adding to the show. Lovely tree.
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