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PlantFiles: Willow-leaf Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster salicifolius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cotoneaster (kot-on-ee-ASS-ter) (Info)
Species: salicifolius (sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 22, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is familiar here (Boston MA Z6a) from the ubiquitous landscaping cultivars, which are low weeping evergreen shrubs widely used as groundcovers. The species is generally a large shrub or small multistemmed tree as much as 15' tall, and is unaccountably neglected in the US, but more commonly appreciated in the gardens of Europe.

The evergreen leaves are glossy and deep green in summer, acquiring dark purple tones in winter.

The May-June flower display is attractive but not overwhelming. As with all cotoneasters, the flowers are malodorous, like a pyracantha or a callery pear.

The profuse showy scarlet fruit mature in September-October and generally remain ornamental into the winter, eventually to be eaten by birds once they begin to ferment.

It tends to shed its foliage at the base if left unpruned.

Like many cotoneasters, this is often said to be susceptible to fireblight, but Michael Dirr says that he has yet to observe a significant fireblight infestation on this species.


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

Oxford, Connecticut
Royston, Georgia
Roslindale, Massachusetts

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