Cotoneaster microphylla (Dwarf Cotoneaster)

Michael's Opinion

Commonly used as a mass planted ground-cover. If maintained it can be effective in this role however, it is prone to catching litter.

Botanical Information

TypeShrub (evergreen)
OriginHimalayan Mountains.


USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 7
USDA Hardiness Ref.
Canadian Hardiness Zone4a - 7a
Canada Hardiness Ref.
RHS Hardiness ZoneH5 - H7
RHS Hardiness Ref.
Temperature (°C)-29 -(-12)
Temperature (°F)-20 - 10
Height1 m
Spread1 - 4 m
Flowering PeriodMay

Description and Growing Information

General DescriptionSimilar to horizontalis, attractive green leaves and white bloom in March.
ID CharacteristicWhite flowers in spring with 5 petals, low growing evergreen to semi-evergreen.
ShapeLow growing, horizontally spreading.
LandscapeUsed as a ground-cover or a mass planting plant.
PropagationStem cuttings.
CultivationGrow in full sun or partial shade. This plant will tolerate most soils. It may choke out surrounding plantings due to its vigourous growth.
PestsLeaf miner.
Notable SpecimensThe Gardens of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario.
HabitatWill grow in full sun as well as partial shade, and tolerates a range of soil types.
Bark DescriptionGround hugging branch structure. Brown bark.
Bud DescriptionCircular and very small.
Leaf DescriptionMedium glossy green, obovate, small but still attractive.
Flower DescriptionSmall white flowers, 1cm, that come out in May; 5 petaled.
Fruit DescriptionMedium red berries in summer, orbicular in shape.
Colour DescriptionBrown bark, medium green foliage with white flowers in spring and medium red berries in summer.
Texture DescriptionThick and very dense, could choke out surrounding plantings.