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Royal Beauty Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dammeri 'Royal Beauty'

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Royal Beauty Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri 'Royal Beauty') at Fossil Creek Tree Farm

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Bearberry Cotoneaster

Description:

Carpet type cotoneaster with dark green, glossy leaves, turning to bronzy-red in fall; bright coral-red fruit attracts birds in late summer and into the winter; higher resistance to fireblight than other cotoneasters

Ornamental Features

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent coral-pink berries from late summer to late fall. It features tiny clusters of white flowers along the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage. The small glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen 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 shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Royal Beauty Cotoneaster will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast 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 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features