Cotoneaster acutifolius

Peking Cotoneaster

Tips for Homeowners:

Very little maintenance is needed if given the room, but they do tolerate shearings if a tight hedge is desired.

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Maintenance is kept to a minimum with this ornamental shrub with good foliage, flowers and fruit.

  • Colorful flowers and berries
  • Orange to red fall foliage
  • Good for difficult soils

This shrub will provide good cover for screening or for an informal hedge, and can also be used for erosion control.

Height: 6-10 ft
Spread: 6-10 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Red

Interesting Notes about Peking Cotoneaster:

Peking Cotoneaster is the perfect plant for hedges, whether pruned or not. It thrives in poor soils and tolerates drought. Songbirds love the fruit that lasts into winter.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Attractive fruit
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water