Plant Library2016-06-21T13:33:19-04:00


Ground Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Add To My Wish List

print page
Ground Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) at Weston Nurseries

Ground Cotoneaster

Ground Cotoneaster

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Ground Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) at Weston Nurseries

Ground Cotoneaster fruit

Ground Cotoneaster fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Ground Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) at Weston Nurseries

Ground Cotoneaster foliage

Ground Cotoneaster foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster


A choice plant for massing and grouping, featuring unforgettable 'herringbone' branching in horizontal tiers; pretty pink flowers in spring followed by brilliant red fruit in fall

Ornamental Features

Ground Cotoneaster features tiny clusters of pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces red berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Ground Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Ground Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Ground Cotoneaster will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Ask an Expert

Send us your home gardening questions and a Weston Nurseries Horticultural Expert will answer your question promptly. Common questions/answers will be added to our FAQ database. Please note, we will not ever publish or otherwise disclose your name or contact details.

This form is for a specific question for our resident experts, not for general inquiries or checking to see if we carry a particular plant or product. For general inquiries, please click here!

Nearest Location (required)