Cotoneaster apiculata ‘Tom Thumb’ is a miniature Cotoneaster that forms a dense, low-growing mound, covered with shiny, dark green leaves that turn bright red in fall. Plants easily spread to three feet around and eventually more because limbs root where they touch the ground. This deciduous shrub with red berries was introduced from Germany in the 1960’s.
- Garden Size: 2’H x 3’W
- Dwarf: 2-4″/year
- Habit: Spreading
- Hardiness: Zone 5
- Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Many perennials and bonsai plants will have a ‘winter look’ that differs from how they look when actively growing. Colder temperatures and short days alter the appearance of these plants as they go thru seasonal changes. Some plants require this reboot to bloom and/or perform at their best during the growing season. Plants may remain semi-dormant until early spring. Rest assured that these cosmetic changes do not adversely affect the health of your plant.