Garden Plants, How and where to grow them - Shrubs & Hedging

Cotoneaster lacteus - Shrub

A large evergreen shrub with dark green elliptical leaves. Heads (cymes) of up to 100 white flowers in summer are followed by round red berries about 1/4" long and persist over winter.


  • Height and spread: 4m x 4m (12ft x 12ft)
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, will tolerate dry positions
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Rate of growth: slow - medium
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Uses - Hedging / mixed border
  • Planting distance when used for hedging: 45-60cm, 18-24"
  • Clipped height:  1.5-2.2m, 5-7ft
  • Number of times to clip per season and when: 1, after fruiting
  • Pruning: Usually requires minimal pruning. Prune in winter or mid spring if required.
  • Responds to renovation?: Yes, renovation can be carried out by cutting back lateral branches to main shoots or the whole or selected plants to 30cm, 12" of ground in late winter.



Photo credits: (numbering left to right top to bottom) 1-A Barra - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. / 2-Alvesgaspar CC4 international / 3-Public domain / 4-Public domain / 5-Public domain / 6-Public domain / 7-Public domain


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