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Little Gem Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem'

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Little Gem Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem'

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Little Gem Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem' flowers

Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 24 inches

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4b


A beautiful low mounded groundcover for garden use or massing; features dark green leaves on tightly held branches, pinkish-white flowers in spring and small bright red fruit in fall; an improvement on the species for landscaping purposes

Ornamental Features:

Little Gem Cotoneaster has dark green foliage throughout the season. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It features tiny shell pink flowers with rose tips along the branches in late spring. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes:

Little Gem Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Gem Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Groundcover
  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Little Gem Cotoneaster will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub 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 type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Garden Groundcover
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Texture Plant Form
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