Cotoneaster franchetii

The Cotoneaster franchetii is a very interesting shrub, which will grow just as well planted in the ground as it does in a pot. Likewise, it will allow us to give it the shape we want, since it resists pruning well.

Are you curious to know what care it needs? Well, don’t hesitate: satiate her by reading this article .

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a perennial or semi-perennial shrub (that is, it remains evergreen or partially loses its leaves depending on how cold an area is in winter) whose scientific name is Cotoneaster franchetii, its common name being cotoneaster. It is native to southwestern China, Burma, and northern Thailand.

It grows to a maximum height of 3 meters, with sharp-oval leaves 2-4cm long by 1-1.5cm wide, with a pubescent underside. The flowers are grouped in inflorescences in the form of corymbs 5-15 together, each flower measuring 6-7mm in diameter. These are white in the center and pink on the outside, and they are composed of 5 petals. The fruits are red poms of 6-9mm in diameter.


Two are known:

  • Cotoneaster franchetii var franchetii: it is the one that I present to you here.
  • Cotoneaster franchetii var cinerascens: it is 4 meters high, and the leaves are 4cm in size. Produces up to 30 flowers per corymb.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ Père Igor

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing medium mixed with 30% perlite is ideal, but you can mix black peat with arlite in equal parts for example and it would be fine too.
    • Garden: grows in fertile and deep soils.
  • Watering: 3-4 times a week in summer, somewhat less the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from the beginning of spring to the end of summer (it can be until autumn if the weather is mild or warm), fertilize once a month with organic fertilizers.
  • Pruning: late winter. Remove dead, diseased or weak branches and trim those that are growing excessively. It is usually shaped into a ball, but we can always experiment .
  • Hardiness: resists well up to -7ºC.

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