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Fine Gardening - Issue 190

1. ‘Streib’s Findling’ Bearberry Cotoneaster

‘Streib's Findling’ Bearberry Cotoneaster

Name: Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Streib’s Findling’

Zones: 6–8

Size: Up to 1 foot tall and 4 to 8 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; adaptable to a range of soils and moisture levels

Native range: Central China

Bearberry cotoneaster rises to the occasion in the toughest environments, yet it is too beastly for many gardens, overreaching growth estimates by miles. ‘Streib’s Findling’, however, is an exceedingly prostrate and polite cultivar. It is endlessly useful as a large-scale, deer-resistant ground cover, spilling over retaining walls or accenting boulders. It even lends itself toward bonsai culture, with a quirky, twisting habit and seasonal interest. ‘Streib’s Findling’ has fishbone-patterned branches tipped with red new growth and clothed in small, leathery evergreen leaves. In midspring, ivory green pearl-like buds explode into multitudes of tiny white flowers, attracting a buzz of bee activity. Red berries ripen in early fall, supporting wildlife into…

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