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Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Great plant pick: Little Gem cotoneaster

  • A Little Gem cotoneaster produces bright red berries in the fall.

    Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

    A Little Gem cotoneaster produces bright red berries in the fall.

WHAT: Cotoneaster adpressus, or Little Gem, is a dense, semi-evergreen, compact grower that produces brilliant red berries in the fall and white flowers in the spring. Multifaceted, this cotoneaster can be used as a ground cover, in foundation plantings, as edging at the front of beds, in rock gardens, and it looks nice cascading over banks and retaining walls.
WHY PLANT IT: The cotoneaster is easy to grow, drought resistant, requiring little water. Little Gem requires very little pruning, usually just damaged branches, but will take a hard pruning to produce a tighter plant or to renovate an older plant.
WHERE: It grows best in well-drained soil and in full sun. It is a very adaptable plant and will tolerate light shade and sandy or clay soil conditions also. It is tolerant of salt levels so is at home near the ocean. It combines well with conifers.
SIZE: Plant grows to 1-foot high by 2 feet wide.
LEARN MORE: www.great plantpicks.org.
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