PLANT OF THE WEEK

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COTONEASTER LACTEUS

LATE COTONEASTER

I SPOT­TED this tree in a front gar­den this week look­ing re­ally splen­did.

It’s ever­green – the leaves are large, leath­ery and dark green with a grey furry un­der­side. The plen­ti­ful white flow­ers in sum­mer are fol­lowed by co­pi­ous clus­ters of scar­let fruit – they ripen late and so last on the tree up un­til and some­times be­yond Christ­mas. It can be grown as a large shrub, hedge or small spec­i­men tree with its grace­ful arch­ing branches.

Grow in sun or par­tial shade in av­er­age well-drained soil, but it’s tol­er­ant of most as­pects and soils.

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