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PlantFiles: Hedge Cotoneaster, Shiny Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster lucidus

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cotoneaster (kot-on-ee-ASS-ter) (Info)
Species: lucidus (loo-sid-uss) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive valygirlgj On Jul 23, 2014, valygirlgj wrote:

Wow, what a wonderful shrub! These appeared for the first time in a nursery here in 2013. Planted 2 of them in part sun. After a bad winter where people were losing tons of native & cold-hardy shrubs/trees, these emerged unscathed. Have planted 3 more this spring (2014) & the only problem seems to be that some leaves are scorching in the summer heat. But they appear to be making it & will be a great screen around a spa.

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 15, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I already posted photos of the Peking Cotoneaster, C. acutifolius, that really is the same species that has duller leaves with some more hairiness and hair on the flowers. Most nurseries in the Midwest sell the "Peking Cotoneaster" which really is this form. There is confusion in the trade, but the difference is so minor. I will re-post photos here as the two supposed species look the same. This plant is occassionally found planted in the Midwest and Northern Plains. This is a good quality plant that is basically neat and clean with good fall color. The black berries borne late summer and fall don't show up well. So far, I haven't seen this plant in the Mid-Atlantic region. Once during a hot, dry summer in the 1970's in ne IL, I had to prune the three shrubs at my parent's home way back to stop the advancing black stems from the bacterial disease of Fire Blight, which saved the plants.

Neutral slutkenhouse On Aug 24, 2012, slutkenhouse from Bristol
United Kingdom wrote:

Where can I purchase this plant in the uk? Will it do well in Bristol?




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

Logan Lake,
Anchorage, Alaska
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Woody Creek, Colorado
Champaign, Illinois
Crest Hill, Illinois
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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