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Autumn Fire Cotoneaster

Scientific name: Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Autumn Fire’

Type:Groundcovers evergreen
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 9
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:2 ft
Width:6 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:May to June
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description This willowleaf cotoneaster variant makes an ideal dense growing groundcover that can serve to hold a steep slope together.

Autumn Fire cotoneaster is a spreading evergreen semi-woody species that can reach a height of 2’ and a spread of up to 6’. Over time the horizontal stems will arch up and over one another, forming a dense carpet of leaves. The glossy green leaves are wrinkled in texture, and range in length from 1.5”- 3.5”, but are only .5” wide. The underside of the leaves are hairy and are covered by a whitish waxy material. During the winter the leaves take on a reddish purple color.

In May small white flowers appear in 1.5”- 2-inch wide clusters. These latter give rise to bright red berries that only attain a size .25”. These survive well into the fall supplying food for songbirds.

Prefers fertile, light textured soils, and either full or partial sun. West of the Cascades this groundcover grows very well forming a good drought tolerant lawn substitute.

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