Bearberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri)

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Growing Zone: 5-11
Growing Zone: 5-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Bearberry Cotoneaster
Mature Height 2-3 feet
Mature Width 2-3 feet
Spacing 2-3 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 6-12 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors No
Flowering Time Late Spring to Early Summer
Origin China

Discover the charm of the Bearberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri), a versatile and hardy groundcover known for its dense, mat-forming growth habit. With its small, glossy leaves and a profusion of bright red berries, this low-growing shrub adds year-round interest to gardens, making it a favorite among landscapers and garden enthusiasts.

How to Grow

Adaptable to a range of conditions, the Bearberry Cotoneaster thrives in full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of various soil types, though it prefers well-draining soil. Suitable for USDA zones 5-8, it's a resilient choice for different climate conditions, including coastal areas.

Care Tips

Water regularly to establish a deep and extensive root system, then reduce frequency as the plant matures. This cotoneaster is drought-tolerant once established, making it a low-maintenance option for gardens. It benefits from occasional pruning to maintain shape and encourage denser growth.


The Bearberry Cotoneaster is perfect for ground cover, rockeries, slopes, and borders, offering erosion control on banks and slopes. Its ornamental berries are not only visually appealing but also attract birds, adding biodiversity to the garden landscape.

Planting Tips

When planting, space each shrub to allow for its spreading habit. Enrich the planting hole with compost or organic matter to encourage healthy growth. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.


This cotoneaster variety requires minimal care. Prune lightly after the flowering season to shape the plant and remove any dead or diseased wood. Keep an eye on its growth as it can spread extensively if left unchecked.

Pests and Diseases

Generally disease-resistant, it can occasionally face issues like fire blight or leaf spots. Keep an eye out for aphids and scale insects. Address any pest infestations or disease symptoms promptly to maintain plant health.

Note: While the Bearberry Cotoneaster is a fantastic addition to any garden, its berries, although attractive, should not be consumed by humans and can be toxic if ingested.



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