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Cotoneaster lacteus


Evergreen foliage. White flowers in summer and bright red berries in autumn

A fast growing shrub, with handsome evergreen leaves, which are deep green with a silver underside, which creates a lovely contrast with the clusters of white flowers which appear in early summer. This lovely plant produces lots of small, deep red berries in large clusters which ripen through the autumn, weighing down the arching branches before they are taken by birds as they 'fuel up' for the winter months ahead.


A good choice for the back of a border or to screen an unsightly object. Best in full sun or part shade. This splendid plant also makes an unusual hedge.


Suitable for any garden soil and drought tolerant once established. Water during dry spells until established. Trim to tidy in early spring or in late autumn if growing as a hedge.

This plant was first collected by George Forrest in the Yunan Province of China in 1913.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
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 Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September