Collection: Cotoneaster Tree | Berries | Flowers | Pollinator and Wildlife Friendly

Cotoneaster, with its dense foliage and vibrant berries, is a haven for wildlife. Its berries provide vital winter sustenance for birds, while its spring blossoms attract bees and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity. Its varied growth forms, from shrubs to small trees, offer shelter and nesting sites, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking to create a wildlife-friendly environment.

Cotoneaster Tree: An Ornamental Jewel and Wildlife Oasis

Cotoneaster is well known and loved for its lush foliage, delicate flowers, and profusion of vibrant berries. It is perfect for hedges and borders, groundcovers and for erosion control, or as a decorative small tree. Discover how this hardy and low-maintenance plant can bring a year-round spectacle to your garden and also become a haven for local wildlife.

The Best Cotoneaster Tree for Sale

The cotoneaster tree is a low-maintenance plant and effortlessly thrives in various conditions. With its attractive berries that persist on branches during the winter, it is highly ornamental and appealing. It is also a great food source for the wildlife.
Here are some standout varieties to consider:

Cotoneaster Rothschildianus is a small, compact tree with graceful arching branches and slender, willow-like leaves. The clusters of lovely, white flowers appear in summer and are followed by yellow berries in winter. It reaches a height of about 4 to 6 meters and has a similar spread.

Cotoneaster Watereri tree is a lovely, dense, elegant shrub with small, oval leaves and a profusion of white blossoms in summer. An abundance of round and brightly colored berries, typically red or orange, appear in autumn and persist throughout the winter. It can grow to a height of 4-5 meters and approximately the same spread.

Cotoneaster Cornubia tree is an awarded tree with long, pointed leaves, masses of white fragrant flowers in early summer, and an abundance of attractive red berries in autumn and winter. It is one of the largest cotoneasters and can reach 8 meters of height and 6 meters of spread.

Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulus or Weeping Cotoneaster tree is a small, evergreen shrub with long, arching branches that create a dome effect, clusters of creamy flowers blooming in summer, and an abundance of vivid red berries in autumn and winter. It usually grows to about 2 meters in height but can spread more.

Cotoneaster trees have the ability to thrive in challenging urban environments and can tolerate poor soils and urban pollution. It makes a great choice for urban landscaping not only because of its resilience but also because of its value to wildlife. Cotoneaster is an excellent ornamental tree and a great addition to any garden.

Find Cotoneaster Tree for Sale in UK – Arundel Arboretum

If you are thinking about planting this low-maintenance and vibrant plant in your garden and are looking for cotoneaster trees for sale, Arundel Arboretum in Chichester is the right place for you to go. We will be more than happy to welcome you and assist you.

If you want to buy cotoneaster trees online, explore our web store and our carefully curated, both young and mature cotoneaster trees for sale. Browse our selection of cotoneaster tree UK varieties to find the perfect fit for your garden. Find what you need and the rest is on us. Buying cotoneaster trees has never been easier!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cotoneaster a bush?
    Cotoneaster is a genus with 200 species and includes various growth forms. Many of them are classified as bushes and shrubs because of their shrubby habits and dense spreading branches. Cotoneaster genus also includes species that grow as small trees or ground-cover plants. Before you buy a cotoneaster tree, get to know these varieties and decide which one is the best for your garden.
  • Is cotoneaster an evergreen?
    Cotoneaster includes both evergreen and deciduous species. Evergreen cotoneaster tree is particularly valued for their ability to provide consistent greenery in gardens, regardless of the season. They often have glossy, dark green leaves and bright red or orange berries.
  • How fast does the cotoneaster tree grow?
    The growth rate of cotoneaster depends on the species and can be influenced by various factors. But in general, it is moderate to fast-growing. It usually grows 30 to 60 centimetres per year.
  • What is the lifespan of the cotoneaster tree?
    Smaller, ground-covering species have shorter lifespans compared to larger shrubs or trees. They can live for several decades, usually 20 to 30 years.
  • What is the maximum height of a cotoneaster tree?
    Commonly, cotoneaster ranges from 0.5 to 4.5m. Under ideal conditions, some species can reach 7.5m.
  • Is there a dwarf cotoneaster tree UK?
    Yes, there are dwarf cotoneaster varieties available in the UK, popular for their compact growth habit. A small cotoneaster tree is excellent for small spaces or as a ground cover.
  • Is there a weeping cotoneaster tree?
    Yes, there is a weeping variety of cotoneaster trees, such as Cotoneaster 'Hybridus Pendulus' a beautiful, small evergreen tree, ideal for limited spaces.
  • Where is the best place to plant a cotoneaster tree?
    Cotoneaster can adapt to a wide range of soils but prefers neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil. It grows best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Once established, it is resistant to cold and drought.
  • What is the root depth of the cotoneaster?
    Cotoneaster plants typically have a shallow root system that spreads horizontally rather than vertically. Their shallow rooting makes them suitable for areas where deep roots can be problematic.
  • Can cotoneaster be used for hedging?
    Many varieties of cotoneaster, especially those with dense and bushy habits, are excellent for hedging. They can make informal hedges but can also be pruned heavily and shaped into formal hedges. The flowers and berries add additional ornamental value.
  • Does Cotoneaster have spikes?
    No, cotoneaster plants do not have spikes or thorns.
  • Is cotoneaster suitable for urban environments?
    Cotoneaster can tolerate a wide variety of conditions, including air pollution, and is therefore suitable for urban environments.
  • Is cotoneaster cold-hardy?
    Cotoneaster is known for its hardiness and can endure quite low temperatures, even down to -34°C. The exact cold tolerance can vary among different species.
  • When should I prune my cotoneaster?
    The best time for pruning cotoneaster is late winter and early spring before new growth emerges. It can be pruned heavily and trimmed into various shapes. Light pruning to maintain its shape can also be done in summer after flowering.
  • What are the cons of cotoneaster?
    Before you buy a cotoneaster tree, be aware that it has the potential to become invasive in certain areas. Its berries are easily spread by birds which can cause uncontrollable growth in wild areas. They may struggle to establish in sites where exposed to very cold weather and drying winds.
  • Is cotoneaster toxic?
    Cotoneaster is toxic, especially for children and pets. Its berries contain compounds that can be harmful if ingested.
  • Are cotoneaster berries edible?
    No, cotoneaster berries are not edible and are considered toxic for humans and pets. However, cotoneaster is not toxic to birds and is a valuable source of food for them.
  • Is the cotoneaster susceptible to diseases or pests?
    Cotoneaster has no serious pest or disease problems. They are tough, easy to grow, and rabbit and deer resistant. However, it can sometimes suffer from spider mites and fire blight.
  • What is the herb cotoneaster used for?
    Cotoneaster is not a herb and primarily has an ornamental value.
  • Is there a cotoneaster tree for sale near me?
    If you are looking for a cotoneaster tree sale UK and you are in South East England or London, come and visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery and our cotoneaster tree farm. If you are not near us, we invite you to explore our online store and find your perfect plant. The rest is on us. If you have any questions about buying cotoneaster trees or if there's anything we can assist you with, please feel free to reach out.

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