Family: Rosaceae

Common Name: Hesse Cotoneaster


Hesse Cotoneaster is a hardy hybrid Cotoneaster cultivar with reddish-pink flowers and green leaves that change to burgundy in the fall.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous
Hardiness Zone4
Sunlightfull sun, mostly sunny, light shade
Moistureprefers moist well drained sites but is adaptable to most, except for very wet
Soil & Siteaverage, moist well drained soils.
Flowerssmall single reddish-pink, early spring
Fruitbright red fruit
Leavessmall glossy green, rich burgundy red in the fall
Stemsirregular bowed branches
Dimensions12-18 inches by 2-3 feet (HS)
Propagationsoftwood cuttings
Native SiteChina
Cultivar OriginDeveloped in the 1930's by HA Hesse of Weener Germany. Probably a chance cross between C. horizontalis and C. adpressus var. praecox. Introduced in the 1950's by Morton Arboretum and being promoted by Chicagoland Grows.
Author's NotesI have found this to be and excellent Cotoneaster. Has over winter for me the past three years with little or no damage (zone #5). It also doesn't get as tall as Cranberry Cotoneaster.
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #173-Cotoneaster(Jeanette Fryer, Bertil Hylmo)
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