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Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’

Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’ Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb’ kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter 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.
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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