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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

Little Gem Cotoneaster

Little Gem Cotoneaster

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

Little Gem Cotoneaster flowers

Little Gem Cotoneaster flowers

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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 is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to late fall. It features tiny clusters of shell pink flowers with rose tips along the branches in late spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the 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;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

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 
Ornamental Features
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