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Hedge cotoneaster

Leaves and flower buds of hedge cotoneaster.

Hedge cotoneaster is an upright shrub with spreading branches reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Attractive dark green foliage turns a yellow to red in the fall. Makes an excellent screen or tall hedge. Attractive black fruit persist into winter.

Botanical name:

Cotoneaster lucida

All common names:

Hedge cotoneaster, Peking cotoneaster

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Hedge,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Screen,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7

Soil Preference:

  • Alkaline soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Clay soil,
  • Road salt

Seasons of Interest:

  • late spring,
  • early fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Oval,
  • Round,
  • Upright

Growth Rate:

  • Moderate

More Information:

Size & form

Upright, erect shrub reaching 8 to 10 feet high and wide.

Tree & Plant Care

Best in full sun to light shade in well-drained, moist, fertile soil. Soil pH adaptable.
Shallow roots benefit with a layer of mulch to maintain moisture and moderate soil temperature fluctuations.
Tolerant of dry soil once established.
Can be pruned to maintain size.

Disease, pests, and problems

Leaf spots, cankers, fireblight, mites and scale

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Tolerant of wind and salt.

Native geographic location and habitat

Siberia and Northern China

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife

Flowers attract butterflies and pollinators.

Bark color and texture 

Light brown, often peeling with age.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Lustrous dark green and pubescent above turning yellow to red in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small, pinkish-white clusters in late May.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Berry-like pome, black, 1/2 inch in diameter, persistent into winter.


Location of Cotoneaster lucida (Hedge cotoneaster) at the Arboretum