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Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Scarlet Leader' - Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Scarlet Leader' - Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster

Rosaceae Cotoneaster Salicifolius Scarlet Leader

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Grows InZone 5A · -20° to -15° F through Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Shade / Evening Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Resistent ToDrought, Foot Traffic, Heat
Flower ColorWhite
BloomsSpring Blooms
Foliage ColorBlack, Dark Green
Average Height0' to 1'
Average Width4' to 6'
AttractsWildlife
Additional Information About Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Scarlet Leader' - Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster Salicifolius 'Scarlet Leader' is a fast growing groundcover plant that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5A through 9B. It matures to an average height of 1 inch to 1 foot and an average width of 4 feet to 6 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides full sun or morning shade with afternoon sun and grows best when planted in loam or clay soil that is well drained or moderately drained. In the spring Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster produces white flowers. The foliage is black and dark green in color. It attracts wildlife and is resistant to drought, foot traffic and heat.


More About Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster...

Scarlet Leader is a vigorous, healthy, low-growing, evergreen shrub that can spread 6 feet wide but is only 6 to 12 inches high. In late spring, white flowers come and are followed in fall and into winter with a profusion of red berries that glows against the densely branched, glossy dark green leaves. The foliage turns a reddish-purple during the winter months. Quite hardy, it is the choice of many of today's leading landscape architects.

Scarlet Leader Cotoneaster is great for use as a dense groundcover on embankments where its extensive root system controls erosion. It s also useful as a border along a garden bed or path, or planted where it will cascade over a wall.

Cotoneaster does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

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