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PlantFiles: Willow-leaf Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster salicifolius 'Repens'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cotoneaster (kot-on-ee-ASS-ter) (Info)
Species: salicifolius (sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Repens
Additional cultivar information: (aka Repandens)

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Rickwebb On Jan 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a pretty low shrub and semi-groundcover planted occassionally in se PA, more by designers than by homeowners, but most regular nurseries carry some. The mother species is a big shrub about 8 to 10 ft high and I've only seen one, that was planted in the colonial area of Philadelphia. I am not fond of this species myself; it is alright. This creeping cultivar needs room to spread. I'm posting a photo of a few planted in a narrow parkway that the woman homeowner, a passionate gardener, removed after a few years because they kept spreading over the sidewalk so much.

Positive MonicaG On May 13, 2012, MonicaG from Wallingford, PA wrote:

Great groundcover shrub. I have 5 planted in a row along the upper lip of a terraced retaining wall. The limbs have quickly intertwined (in 2 years time) to form a dense mat which effectively eliminates nearly all weeds. Multiseason interest.

Positive Magwar On Jun 6, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a wonderful ground cover, spreads quickly and blooms white in the spring. Propagation of this plant is downright simple. It reroots itself, once a limb lays on the ground, roots sprout out and take hold.

Grows fast so keep an eye out on it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Royston, Georgia
Winnetka, Illinois
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Issaquah, Washington

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