Did you know?
Tom Thumb Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster apiculata 'Tom Thumb'), as well as other members of the Cotoneaster genus, acquired their genus name from the Latin words cotoneum, which means 'quince', and '-aster', which is a suffix that means 'resembling'. The species name comes from the Latin word apiculatus, which means 'having a short, distinct, pointed tip'.
Up to 2 feet tall and 5 feet wide
Flowers, Fruit, Foliage
Flowering and fruiting is very rare. Rounded, lustrous, semi-evergreen leaves shift to shades of bright red in the fall.
Pests & Diseases
Mites, hawthorn lace bug, fireblight
Great as an accent, specimen, border, hedge, groundcover, massing, and in rock gardens
Plant in moist, well-drained soil in an area with full sun. These groundcovers are cold hardy but can't tolerate high temperatures and humidity. They tolerate a variety of soils, moderate drought, urban pollution, and salinity. Pruning is not necessary.