Of the Cotoneaster there are hundreds of species and as many varieties, all undemanding in terms of care and treatments. This makes it one of the most rustic plants in the garden. On the plains and in the mountains. Without sacrificing elegance and colors.
Among the many advantages of the Cotoneaster, but someone calls it Cotonastro, there is also that of adapting to a thousand different situations and solutions. Do you want an evergreen? Choose a Cotoneaster amoenus, buxifolius or damneri (among others). If you prefer a stripper there are the Cotoneaster horizontalis and variety adpressus.
The Cotoneaster it is also suitable for the construction of hedges. The most suitable for this purpose are the type lacteus, which grows up to 4 meters in height, and the watereri that grows even more. Less abundant, but perfect for hedges, is the Cotoneaster franchetii. All of them bloom in the spring and produce red or orange berries in the fall. And it's always a show.
The way I see it, however, the Cotoneaster it gives its best when it comes to carpeting slopes and covering rocky corners or entire walls. Because this is where the robustness and tenacity of a plant comes out that does not disdain slightly extreme conditions, is satisfied with little, and gives a lot. For this purpose I point out: Cotoneaster adpressus, cashmiriensis is damneri.
The Cotoneaster it is also an important resource for fauna. The birds in fact feed on the red berries starting from the end of autumn, transforming the branches of this plant into a sort of winter pantry. The same happens with holly berries, also red ones, loved by birds immediately after ripening.
Being a tough plant that grows rather quickly, yours Cotton tape it may need pruning. In the evergreen varieties, action is taken at the end of winter, in the deciduous varieties a little further on, when spring has begun. Reproduction takes place in autumn with seeds taken from ripe berries.
If you want to know more about the Cotoneaster I recommend this book by Alberto Giussani which can also be purchased online: Cotoneaster