Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’

Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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(Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’)
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Synonyms:  Cotoneaster 'Little Gem'
Genus:  Cotoneaster
This compact, low-growing, and self-rooting deciduous shrub is useful as an underplanting or ground cover. Its shiny dense foliage turns a brilliant red in the fall and requires little or no pruning.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Relatively slow grower. Combines well with perennials.
Care:  Thrives in full sun to partial shade, and no pests seem to bother it. Prefers dry soils but may be adaptable to heavy clay.
Propagation:  Root greenwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Rust, powdery mildew, cankers, fire blight.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Shrubs

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