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Hesse Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster 'Hessei'

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Hesse Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') at The Growing Place

Cotoneaster 'Hessei' fruit

Cotoneaster 'Hessei' fruit

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Hesse Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') at The Growing Place

Cotoneaster 'Hessei' flowers

Cotoneaster 'Hessei' flowers

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Hesse Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') at The Growing Place

Cotoneaster 'Hessei'

Cotoneaster 'Hessei'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 24 inches

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4b

Other Names: Rock Cotoneaster, Rockspray Cotoneaster


A choice spreading groundcover for gardens or massing, features dense, dark green foliage on 'herringbone' branches, pinkish-white flowers in spring and large brilliant red fruit in fall; burgundy fall color

Ornamental Features:

Hesse Cotoneaster has dark green foliage throughout the season. The tiny glossy round leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It features tiny pink flowers along the branches in mid spring. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes:

Hesse Cotoneaster is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hesse Cotoneaster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Plant Characteristics:

Hesse Cotoneaster will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Rock Garden Groundcover
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Texture Plant Form Winter Value
Ornamental Features

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2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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