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Cotoneaster 'Hessei'

Hesse cotoneaster is considered a hybrid between Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox.  This low-growing cotoneaster can be used as a woody ground cover.

Botanical name: 
Cotoneaster 'Hessei'
All Common Names: 
Cotoneaster, Hesse cotoneaster
Family (English): 
Rose
Family (Botanic): 
Rosaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Ground cover
  • Shrub
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Occasional drought
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Creeping
  • Spreading
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
  • Foundation
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Late summer
  • Early fall
More Information: 

Size and Form

1 to 2 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide; spreading habit.

Tree & Plant Care

Avoid wet sites.  Tolerant of drought.

Disease, pests and problems

Mites, cankers and leaf spots are possible problems.

Native geographic location and habitat

Hesse cotoneaster is considered a hybrid between Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple, alternate, small leaves (about 1/2 inch long); dark green
Fall color is reddish purple

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small, pinkish red flowers in later spring.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Small red fruit (pomes) that persist into winter.