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Cotoneaster franchetii

A taller cotoneaster with typical white flowers and dramatic red berries in the autumn

A robust tree or shrub with clusters of pearly white-pink flowers in early summer and an elegant arching habit. The small soft grey-green evergreen leaves are white on the underside, and in autumn it is covered in orange-red berries. It is ideal for making a hedge.


Excellent for planting on slopes and banks. It prefers full sun or partial shade.


Grow in any well-drained soil.

Cotoneaster franchettii is ideal for hedges and will grow well in coastal areas and in poor soils. It is a native of South West China.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn, Winter
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 425 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 410 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to September