Part of the Rosaceae family, the cotoneaster Suecicus Coral Beauty is a dwarf evergreen, low growing shrub that adds colour to your garden year-round. Given a RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993, it has become a stalwart performer in gardens all over the United Kingdom, providing a dependable, low-maintenance attractive feature for the whole year.
Cotoneasters come to us from the mountainous regions of Southern China, where they grew in rocky ground and poor soils. This means that cotoneaster cultivars will thrive even in challenging growing conditions, and is well-suited to rock gardens.
The arching branches of this low-growing, decorative ground cover shrub are covered with glossy green leaves. In spring and early summer, the shrub features small white flowers, which later develop into orange-red berries, all surrounded by the foliage which turns to a reddish-brown in winter. Remaining throughout the winter, the berries will provide visual interest and attract birds to your garden.
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty grows to an ultimate height of 0.5 to 1 metres over a period of 5 to 10 years, with a spread of 1.5 to 2.5 metres, making it an excellent ground cover, either in foundation plantings or in landscaping.
Cotoneaster Suecicus Coral Beauty has a hardiness level of H6, so you can grow it anywhere in the UK and Northern Europe without a sheltered location, as it is fully hardy. The shrub thrives in both full sun and partial shade, in sand, clay, chalk, or loam, and will tolerate either acid or alkaline soils. It is best to grow it in well-drained, dry situations similar to the conditions in which it developed. Once well-established, it will even thrive during a drought.
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty is best used in a rock garden, foundation planting, or as a ground cover in areas that you do not want to have to maintain constantly. On a slope it can help to control erosion. While it does add a pop of colour to your landscaping year-round, it is particularly useful as decorative ground cover. Save this beautiful, low growing evergreen for locations where you can let it spread! Light pruning is only necessary to remove any dead growth.