Showy cotoneaster is a useful ornamental shrub for a mixed border, in mass, for screening, or as a single specimen. Abundant clusters of small, white flowers cover the showy cotoneaster in spring. In fall, the shrub’s yellow-tinted foliage acts as a backdrop for the showy red fruit. Plant the showy cotoneaster in full sun to ensure an outstanding display.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Alkaline soil
- Spring blossoms,
- Showy fruit,
- Showy flowers
Season of Interest:
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Form
8 to 12 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide; upright rounded form.
Tree & Plant Care
This plant should be planted in open sunny sites for best flowers and fruit.
Prefers well-drained soil.
Avoid wet sites.
Disease, pests and problems
Leaf spots, fireblight, and Japanese beetles.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to China
Attracts birds & butterflies
Provides food and shelter for a number of bird species.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, alternate, small leaves about 1 to 2 inches long. New leaves are gray-green, turning blue-green in summer.
Fall color is a soft yellow.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small, white flowers in clusters in late spring.
Slightly unpleasant smell.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Showy red, 1/3-inch diameter fruits (pomes) in late summer into fall.
Appears with leaves adding nice color contrast in the fall.