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Cotoneaster franchetii

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Product Details
Plant Type: Large open evergreen shrub suitable for hedging
Aspect: Full sun
Flower colour: White
Flowering period: May and June
Size - height & spread : 300 x 300 - 500 cm. 250 x 75 cm for a hedge
Soil type/requirements: Prefers deep well drained soils
Water requirements (established plants): Low to medium, better with occasional summer water
Native Distribution: Southwestern China
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Franchets Cotoneaster is a fast growing semi-deciduous (rarely deciduous in southern Portugal) shrub with attractive red/orange berries in Autumn. It can grow up to 3 metres tall, sometimes presenting itself as a small tree. Sage green leaves with white undersides, white flowers tinged with a little pink in May and June. Large plants, when in flower, can be spectacular with vast numbers of bees and other insects swarming over the plant. The plant can be equally attractive when covered in the red berries that follow on a few months later. These are a valuable food source for birds in winter.

A good plant to grow as a single specimen or in mixed planting screen planting, it makes an excellent hedge. It will make a 60-80 cm wide by 200-250 cm hedge in a few years if planted in an improved soil and given regular water in summer. Thereafter, it can be weaned off the water and only needs a little help in the hottest months.

Cotoneaster stands out for its ability to absorb air pollution, (this is why it is often planted on roadsides) it likes the sun and does best in a deep well-drained, dry soil.

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