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Evergreen Cotoneaster "Skogholm"

Cotoneasters are mainly used as ground covers. They are slow-growing, evergreen, bloom white, and can be cultivated as shaped shrubs (trained and formed) on the facade. The white flowers will develop into red berries. The species described here is especially valued as a cascading plant (hanging shoots).

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

Cotoneaster with evergreen foliage, selected in 1941 by O. Göranson / Sweden
Cotoneaster with evergreen foliage, selected in 1941 by O. Göranson / Sweden

Requirements / Price

Position in full sun or partial shade (even full shade if needed). There are no special soil requirements, but it shouldn't be too dry. Distance between plants: 0.6 - 1.2 metres. 

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Characteristics and Pruning

This is a moderately vigorous rambler that will grow mostly horizontally, with long shoots that will cascade over walls, forming long downward trails. The shoots grow up to 1 metre every year. On facades, a cotoneaster may be cultivated as a shaped tree, growing up to 4 metres high. The small shiny evergreen leaves are dark green in colour 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 "Skogholm." Pruning is usually unnecessary.

Climbing Aids for the Facade

In most cases, a trellis is not necessary. You can use a basic or basic-s trellis to keep the cotoneaster from separating from the wall.

Compatible wire rope trellises?

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Suitable Wire Rope Trellises for Cotoneasters

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