Red berries of a cotoneaster shrub.


In the world of gardening, there are few plants as versatile as Cotoneaster. Cotoneaster shrubs can be grown in containers and small gardens, on a trellis or fence to create beautiful living screens that also provide privacy, or in a larger garden for low-maintenance hedges. How do you get started with this amazing plant? Use our guides down below to learn how to grow and care for cotoneaster, select the best cultivars, and control pests and diseases. Happy gardening!

How to Grow and Care for Cotoneaster Shrubs

Image of the glossy green foliage and bright red berries of perennial cotoneaster shrubs growing in the garden.

Cotoneaster is a showy, hardworking shrub that provides multi-season interest with deep green foliage and pretty flowers, followed by bright berries and fantastic fall colors. Attractive as groundcovers and hedges, in containers and rockeries, or against fences and walls. Learn how to grow cotoneaster in this guide.

21 of the Best Cotoneaster Varieties for Ground Covers, Hedges, and More

A close up horizontal image of red cotoneaster growing next to a path as ground cover.

Cotoneaster is a multi-season plant loved for its vivid fall colors, bright red winter berries, and wonderful versatility in the landscape. From ground covers to hedges to slope stabilizers and even bonsai, there’s a species suitable for most locations. Learn about 21 of the best cotoneaster varieties in this guide.