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Evergreen Cotoneaster "Skogholm"

Cotoneasters are mainly used as groundcovers. They grow slowly and their leaves are evergreen. The white flowers will develop into red berries, and the plant can be trained and formed. The species described here is especially useful as a plant with hanging shoots over walls and taluses.

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(lat.: Cotoneaster dammeri "Skogholm", Cotoneaster x suecicus "Skogholm" or "Coral Beauty")

Evergreen Bearberry, selected 1941 by O. Göranson / Sweden

Needs / Price

Position un full sun or in partial shade (even full shade if needed). There are no particular demands for a soil, but it shouldn't be too dry. Little humus won't hurt the plant. Distance between plants: 0,6 to 1,2 meters. 

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Characteristics and pruning

Moderately vigorous rambler that will mostly grow horizontally, with long shoots that will hang over walls or taluses. The shoots grow up to 1 meter every year. On facades, a cotoneaster may be grown as a formed tree, with a growing height of up to 4 meters. The small shiny evergreen leaves are dark green in color and will turn yellow or bronze in autumn. The rich bloom of small, white star-shaped flowers in May / June will produce pea-sized red berries until late in the winter. "Coral Beauty" will produce more fruit than "Skgholm". Pruning is not necessary most times and is well accepted by the plant when it is done.

Growing aids on facades

In most cases a trellis is not necessary. You may use a "Basic" or "Basic-S" trellis to keep the cotoneaster from separating from the wall.

Suitable wire rope trellises?

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Suitable wire rope trellises for cotoneasters

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