Botanical Name: Cotoneaster dammeri
Common Name: Bearberry Cotoneaster  
Plant photo of: Cotoneaster dammeri
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall, Persistent


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Bearberry cotoneaster is a semi-evergreen shrub that grows about 1.5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. It has a prostrate habit and makes a dense groundcover. It has dark green, ovate to rounded leaves with prominent veins. Small white flowers appear in spring, followed by small, bright red berries that persist into winter. This is a great plant for banks or hillsides as long as it gets full sun. It becomes drought tolerant once it's established. There are several cultivars in the trade, each with its own special qualities.
Grow in any well-drained soil in full to part sun. Wide range of soil tolerance, and pH tolerant. Branches root where they touch the ground. Cotoneaster get very woody if sheared, so prune selectively to control size and shape; see Guides.