The weeping cotoneaster tree is a combination of Cotoneaster Apiculata grafted onto a root stock standard. Usually the root stock that is used is either Paul’s Scarlet Hawthorne or Washington Hawthorn.
In it’s natural state Cotoneaster Apiculata usually only grows about 18″ to 36″ high and is kind of unruly. It really should be pruned to keep it a bit under control. It can be really pretty in the spring when covered with tiny pink blooms and then again in the fall when it is loaded with red berries.
In it’s natural state I’m not a big fan because it tends to trap a lot of leaves and other debris that might be blowing around.
But when grafted onto a standard like this it is really pretty and interesting. A great conversation piece for just about any landscape.
Cotoneaster Apiculata is hardy in zones 4 through 7.
It blooms in May or June. I’d say May in most states.
If you listen carefully you can hear me kicking myself for not getting photos this spring when this tree was covered with those tiny pink blooms. Now I have to wait until spring, I’ll update this page then.
To create a tree like this you must first either grow from seed or buy a seedling of the Hawthorn variety that you choose, grow that seedling to a height of about six feet, then bud or graft the Cotoneaster Apiculata on to the tall tree seedling.
When plants are created like this the industry term is “grown on a standard”.
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