- USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8
- Height 6-12 Inches Tall
- Spread 3-4 Feet Wide
- Light Requirement is Part Sun to Sun Sun
The common name for this plant is Little Dipper Cotoneaster and the botanical name is Little Dipper Cotoneaster procumbens 'Gerald'. The Little Dipper Cotoneaster is deciduous, meaning that the leaves fall off each winter, and come back in the spring. There are white colored flowers that bloom during spring. The flowers bloom on old wood, which mean the flower buds are grown on branches grown the prior year. While no plants are truly deer proof, these plants are deer resistant.
In pots or containers, use this plant as a spiller. Spillers are plants that hang over the edge of the planter. Plant these at the edge of the container towards the front. Consider growing these in garden planters or containers for added flexibility on locations limited on space or sunlight. Instead of using mulch or rocks, use this low growing plant as a groundcover to prevent erosion and weeds. Stays short and perfect as a border plant, which are perfect placed along the edge of a garden bed or path. Plant these to provide well-defined edging along various features in your landscape such as the border between your property and the neighbors, to a border along a hardscape feature in your yard, such as a driveway or sidewalk; or to the plants that edge a perennial garden. Fantastic as a mass planting, which is a method of filling in a landscape area with flower groupings of one or more kinds of plants. This is typically done to reduce maintenance by minimizing weeds or to create drama by drawing attention to the area. Consider using these as a lawn alternative or substitute, which are typically less maintenance and expense than turfgrass and better for the environment. The Little Dipper Cotoneaster typically grows 6-12 inches tall, and 3-4 feet wide. For best plant health and results, space these plants 4-5 feet apart, center on center. The growth habit is spreading. The Little Dipper Cotoneaster is winter hardy & summer tolerant in growing zones 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a.
Interesting Fact(s) - These are actually pronounced "Cot-oh-KNEE-aster", not "cotton-easter."
Little Dipper Cotoneaster Plant Facts
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Bloom Period: Spring|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Light Exposure: Part Sun to Sun|
|Height Class: Short|
|Height: 6-12 Inches|
|Spread: 3-4 Feet|
|Spacing: 4-5 Feet|
|Blooms On: Old Wood|
|Shrub Type: Deciduous|
|Scientific Name: Little Dipper® Cotoneaster procumbens 'Gerald' USPP 22,760|
|Common Name: Little Dipper® Cotoneaster|
|Other Name(s): n/a|
|Brand: Proven Winners®|
|Drought Tolerant: No|
|Features: Deadheading Not Necessary|
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