Cotoneaster dammeri 'Lowfast'. LOWFAST COTONEASTER. China, Northern India.
Cotoneaster horizontalis. Rock cotoneaster.

Shrub, spreading, to little more than one-foot tall, C. dammeri has bright, glossy green, elliptical, alternate, simple 3/4 to 1-1/2 long leaves; solitary, profuse, white to pinkish flowers in spring producing bright red 1/4-inch diameter berries. This attractive groundcover has been widely planted in recent years. In October 2006 it replaced Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist' in the planting strip along Palm Drive.

The taller, winter deciduous C. horizontalis is inter-planted with C. dammeri along Lausen Mall near History Corner. C. horizontalis is particularly apparent when leafless, though both will still be bearing red berries.

Illustrations (links open new windows): habit, both together 1/11/05; detail |

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Name derivation, genus | species: From L. cotoneum (quince) and -aster (resembling somewhat) from the similarity of the leaves of some species | after C. Dammer | Horizontalis (the habit).

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