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.
- Ground cover
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Occasional drought
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Mixed border
- Late spring
- Early summer
- Late summer
- Early fall
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.