Hesse cotoneaster is a hybrid between Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox. This low-growing cotoneaster was selected by The Morton Arboretum and introduced through the Chicagoland Grows™ introduction program. Hesse cotoneaster makes a wonderful ground cover, drapped over a wall, or used in mass.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Ground cover,
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Form
1 to 2 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide; spreading habit.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil.
Avoid wet sites.
Tolerant of drought once established.
Can be used as a container plant but will require winter protection.
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.