Cotoneaster salicifolius, the Willow-leaved
Cotoneaster, is a very drought-tolerant, evergreen to semi-evergreen,
medium-sized shrub with an arched branching habit. The leaves are
alternate, simple, long, lanceolate, dark green and resemble those of
willow trees, and have fine grey hairs on their undersides. The
scientific name 'salicifolius', described by the French botanist
Franchet, means 'with leaves like willows' and during the colder months;
they turn a delightful maroon in colour. In June the branches may be
weighed down with the many flowered, showy compound corymbs of white,
5–6mm hawthorn scented flowers. The
abundant fruit that follow grow as small, showy, apple-like, shiny deep
red pomes, ripening in September to October, and enduring through much
of the winter.
Cotoneaster salicifolius is a
really under supplied superstar plant that has it all.Prune regularly
the current season’s growth after flowering to keep in shape.Strong Plants supplied in 9cm Pots.