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Challenging the Bonsai A to Z entry for Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster).

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Existing Bonsai A To Z Entry for Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)


Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)

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Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

Common garden shrub with small, dark, glossy green leaves, pink and white flowers and orange/red berries in succession. There are two common varieties : horizintalis and microphyllus. They are evergreen in milder winters and deciduous in more severe winters. Picture courtesy of Dan Barton.

STYLE : Good for informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, cascade, root-over-rock, clasped to rock, twin trunk and clump.

WARNING : Protect from temperatures below -7C. Clean tools with meths after use on cotoneaster, which contains a toxin that is highly poisonous to some other plants.

Care Info

LOCATION : Position in full sun.  Protect from frost.

REPOT : Every 1-3 years depending on age, in early to mid spring.

SOIL : Free draining soil : 50:50 grit:organic. pH 6.0-8.0.

PRUNE : Branch prune in late winter/early spring pruning.

PINCH : Scissor trim new shoots throughout growing season to promote twig growth.

WATER : Water daily in growing season, sparingly in winter.

FEED : Two weekly balanced feed until flowering, then low nitrogen in thereafter.

WARNING : Protect from temperatures below -7C. Clean tools with meths after use on cotoneaster, which contains a toxin that is highly poisonous to some other plants.


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