There are a number of species of Contoneaster some being tall shrubs, but most being low growing groundcover shrubs.
Cotoneasters (cuh-TONE-ee-ass-terz) are attractive and versatile additions to a residential landscape. There are many, many kinds of cotoneasters, most of which originated in Asia. Because they come in a wide range of types and sizes, they are often grouped according to size -- as either low or medium growing groundcovers or as tall shrubs. Most of these tall shrubs or trees have the evergreen leaves, small flowers and fall berries of their shorter relatives. Some types of tall cotoneasters are: Brightbead (Cotoneaster glaucophyllus), Henry (Cotoneaster henryanus), Silverleaf (Cotoneaster pannosus) and the hybrid x watereri.
Willowleaf Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster salicifolius)
Willowleaf Cotoneasters (cuh-TONE-ee-ass-terz) are evergreen shrubs with a spreading, arching growth habit. The species grows quite tall, but several varieties are low-growing groundcovers, making these plants very versatile in a home landscape. The low-growing shrubs are especially handsome trailing over retaining walls or planted in large groupings on banks. Their leaves are a dark glossy green in summer, turning purplish in winter. The bright red berries on Willowleaf Cotoneasters contrast nicely with the foliage.
Spreading Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster sp.)
Cotoneasters (cuh-TONE-ee-ass-terz) appropriate as groundcovers are attractive and versatile additions to a residential landscape. There are many, many kinds of cotoneasters, most of which originated in Asia. The low or medium height types are spreading plants and are one of the best choices for an evergreen groundcover. Fine-textured, and low growing, they are especially handsome trailing over retaining walls or planted en masse on banks. Their solid carpet of glossy green is handsome. Several species of cotoneaster are suitable as groundcovers, the most popular of are: Rock Spray (Cotoneaster horizontalis), Bearberry (Cotoneaster dammeri), Cranbury (Cotoneaster apiculatus) and Creeping (Cotoneaster adpressus) that is a dwarf type. For the detailed files for these groundcover type Cotoneasters Click Here