Cotoneaster Plants For Landscaping
Very popular for landscaping, cotoneaster plants require a little bit of care. Cotoneaster for landscaping is a genus of woody plants that belongs to the Rosaceae family. As of 2010, there is some dispute about the exact number of species that fall under this genus, but it is believed to have approximately 70 to 300. The species originally grew in the Asian, North African, and European regions of the world. Most species in this genus are shrubs that grow from 1.6 to 16 feet (0.5 to 5 m), although some are small trees that grow up to 49 feet (15 m). The species in this genus are either evergreen or deciduous. In a majority of the species, the flowers bloom by the end of spring or the beginning of summer. Some of the flowers open wide, while others grow half-shut petals that do not naturally open wider. The colors of these flowers range from white to red. They bear small fruits, which can be red orange or maroon in color. These fruits generally have three seeds and, in rare circumstances, five.
Cotoneaster landscaping plants have no thorns, and their berry fruits attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Most species grow well in direct sunlight and thrive in hot climates. Although these plants are tough and resistant to difficult conditions like drought and lack of sunlight, they should be protected against severe cold and frost.