Does anyone have a Cotoneaster growing up against a wall? Are they quick and how heigh do they get? Does wildlife like them?
Yes. I have a Cotoneaster Horizantalis. The bees love it! You will find all the informatIon below. They are relatively slow growing and easy to maintain.
I had a horizontalis against a south facing wall just outside my lounge window. It was alive with bees when in flower and when the bright fruits set I'd have the pleasure of watching blackboirds hopping aound it picking the fruit in the autumn.If left alone they get big, but I tried to keep the overall shape of mine with reasonable success.I also have a cotoneaster hedge - I don't know the variety, but it grows vertically up to about 12ft (maybe verticalis and like the horizontalis is alive with bees then birdsLovely shrubs
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We have a space out front of about 2metres deep from our house and 4 long. It divides us and our neighbours and slopes towards our house and back fench. I have a firethorn on the fence.
I want to cut a small hole in the fence and make a hedgehog house the other side in our garden. It will be behind the shed. We face onto a huge golf course and country woodlands so want to provide protection to wild life. So wanted to fill this space with wildlife friendly shrubs that also look nice.
I was thinking either some more firethorn or a couple of Cotoneaster. But would need a few other items too. Ideally evergreen.
Viburnum davidii is beautiful all year with lovely foliage and flowers in spring and iridescent purple berries in the autumn. Slow growingSkimmia maybe worth a look too - also slow growing
choisya is very willing and grows in sun or shade
Sarcococca would give you some winter scent
WE HAVE ONE COTONEASTER HORIZONTALIS WHICH IS PLANTED AGAINST A NORTH WEST FACING STONE WALL IN VERY SHALLOW SOIL.
IT IS AT LEAST TEN FEET TO THE TOP OF THE WALL AND IT SPILLS OVER THE OTHER SIDE BY ABOUT THREE FEET, MAKING IT AT LEAST FOURTEEN FEET IN HEIGHT GIVEN THE THICKNESS OF THE STONE. ITS SPREAD IS ABOUT THE SAME. IT DOESN'T STAND VERY DEEP, MAYBE TWO FEET AT THE MOST. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW OLD IT IS BUT IT SEEDS EVERYWHERE AND THE SEEDLINGS GROW AT QUITE A PACE.
VERY POPULAR WITH BEES, HOVERFLIES, GOLDCRESTS AND WRENS.
The horizontal Cotoneaster isn't evergreen is it? Does it look ok in winter?
C. lacteus is evergreen MayLane. It has an arching habit and the leaves are slightly fuzzy underneath. Get squite big, but useful against a wall or fence. I have it here and the clems climb up it.
It grows quite quickly though - I just prune off bits if they're not where I want them, and wind stems round the wire supports on the fence it's on. The berries are often still there in spring as I have other cotoneasters and the birds take the berries from those first. They're further away from the back door
MayLane- I think the tracery of the horizontal cotoneaster is attractive in winter.