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Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster

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Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster

Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster is a natural cross between C. lucidus and C. apiculatus, showcasing many of the traits of C. lucidus that we so love for a hedge: great form, easily pruned, clean foliage all season long, and vibrant fall color. Beyond those attractive attributes, Autom Inferno® forms small red berries along the stems in fall, giving it added late-season interest. The berries stay on the plant until the birds come and take them, no mess involved. Autumn Inferno® is perfect as a pruned formal hedge or has a beautiful arched shape if left to grow naturally. Discovered by Bron & Sons Nursery in British Columbia.

Plant Attributes

Landscape Use

Autumn Inferno is a spectacular specimen shrub, with its fiery fall colors and lush foliage. During the spring and summer months, it stands out with its deep green leaves that are glossy and dense. Autumn Inferno is the perfect choice for landscape designers, as it grows in an elegant upright form that provides year-round visual interest.

As temperatures cool in the fall, Autumn Inferno starts to shine, as its foliage transforms into bright flashes of orange and red. This dynamic display of color makes Autumn Inferno a must-have for any garden or yard looking for a dramatic focal point. So if you want a hedge or specimen shrub with blazing passion, Autumn Inferno is what you need.

Planting & Care for 

Autumn Inferno® Cotoneaster

Autumn Inferno Cotoneaster is a versatile shrub that can be grown in a variety of different settings. With its fast-growing nature, it can reach heights of up to 6 feet and spread out up to 5 feet across. It is perfect for planting under power lines or anywhere where there is limited space, as it tends to fill out without the need for facer plants up front.

This hardy species thrive in both dry and moist conditions and is able to handle various soil types and pH levels with ease. Additionally, Autumn Inferno Cotoneaster is tolerant of pollution, making it ideal for even the most crowded urban environments. Whether you are looking to add some curb appeal to your property or seeking an easy-to-maintain landscaping option, this unique shrub is a great choice!

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Plant Features

  • Height: 5-6'
  • Width: 4-5'
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Habit: Upright, Arching
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Foliage: Dark Green

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