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Cotoneaster Tom Thumb Shrubs for Sale Online
Cotoneaster Tom Thumb Shrubs can be used as miniature accent, hedge or ground cover plants, and produces spreading branches that display an interesting herringbone pattern. Small white flowers appear in the summer and are followed by large, beautiful red berries that brighten the winter landscape.
About Your Cotoneaster Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb Creeping Cotoneaster is an interesting, dwarf, dense and compact ground cover plant. It produces very shiny, small leaves that turn a brilliant red-crimson in the fall. 'Tom Thumb' rarely produces flowers and fruit, but when it occurs, the blooms are small, and white. Then, the very small, ¼", red fruit appears in fall.
|Mature Height:||1 to 2 Feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 feet|
|Classification:||Deciduous shrub to semi-evergreen, Summer flowering|
|Sunlight:||Full to Part Sun|
|Foliage:||Green, Red in Fall|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in summer after flowering|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained slightly moist|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when planted enmasse in the mixed border, or a specimen planting|
How to Care for Cotoneaster Tom Thumb
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Cotoneaster Tom Thumb Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Tom Thumb Cotoneaster because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Cotoneaster Shrubs spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success.