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Parney's Cotoneaster

Scientific name: Cotoneaster lacteus

Type:Evergreen shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:6 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:10 ft
Width:8 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Parney cotoneaster is a fine specimen plant with its show of white flower clusters and later, red berries that hang on during the winter providing a feast for the local song birds.

Forming an evergreen hedge that grows 8’ -10’ tall, and often nearly as wide, this cotoneaster bears dense red stems bearing alternate, leathery leaves that are nearly 2 inches long. They are very dark green on the top side and white and fuzzy beneath.

During late spring white flowers form in 2.5” clusters. These give rise to clusters of ¼” red berries, which hang beneath the leaves. The showy fruit are very attractive to a multitude of song birds.

Parney cotoneaster is an easy plant to grow as it can survive and prosper in full sun to partial shade. It can withstand heat, wind, smog, salt air, and poor soils. While it will do best with rich, well-drained soils, it can tolerate just about any site.
Occasionally it is planted near walkways and turf borders where it is often pruned excessively. If this has occurred the naturally beautiful, arching and weeping bush shape is lost. In addition, it will not produce nearly as many of the long-lasting clusters of red fruits that are one of its strong suits.

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