Cotoneaster apiculatus
Common name: 
Cranberry Cotoneaster
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf, deciduous shrub, low-growing, wide spreading, and mounding habit, to 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) tall and 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8  m) wide, stiff arching branches.  Leaves alternate, simple, rounded-ovate, 0.5-1.5 cm long and wide, glossy green, turns shades of purple, red and bronze in fall.  Flowers are small, pinkish, and solitary.  Fruit (pome) spherical, about 0.7 cm diameter, cranberry red, late summer to early winter, may persist into spring; often heavy fruiting.

  • Full sun to light shade, best in well-drained soil, acid or alkaline, drought resistant when established. Growth is poor in hot and humid conditions.

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3        Native to western China

  • apiculatus: after apiculate, ending abruptly in a small, slender point, a reference to the tip of the leaf

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