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Embracing Winter Beauty with Cotoneaster Bonsai

Are you in search of a bonsai that captivates with winter allure? Look no further than the Cotoneaster. This diverse genus encompasses over 200 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen shrubs and trees. Hailing from the woodlands and rocky areas of Northern Temperate regions in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Cotoneasters offer a wide array of options for your bonsai collection.

Featured Varieties:

  1. Cotoneaster suecicus 'Coral Beauty'

    • Available in store
    • Elevate your bonsai collection with this exquisite variety. Its dense evergreen foliage is adorned with delicate creamy white flowers in spring, which later transition into vibrant orange-red berries by autumn. Ideal for bonsai cultivation.
  2. Cotoneaster cashmiriensis (syn. C. microphylla var. cochleatus)

    • This compact, prostrate evergreen shrub boasts elliptic, glossy dark-green leaves, measuring up to 1 cm long. In summer, it graces us with solitary white blossoms (tinged with pink in bud) that later give way to spherical dark-red fruit, ranging from 6 to 8 mm in length.
  3. Cotoneaster horizontalis (Rockspray Cotoneaster)

    • These spreading deciduous shrubs form an exquisite herringbone pattern with their branches. The leaves, rounded to elliptic, showcase a glossy dark green hue, transitioning to a fiery red in the autumn. Delicate pink-tinged white flowers, appearing in late spring, add to its charm.
  4. Cotoneaster microphylla (now correctly known as C. integrifolius)

    • This stiffly branched, compact evergreen shrub flaunts ovate dark green leaves, measuring between 5 to 10 mm long. Singular white blossoms make an appearance in summer, followed by vibrant red or pink fruit.

Bonsai Cultivation Tips:

  • Position: Provide full sun exposure. While hardy as garden plants, Cotoneasters as bonsai require protection from temperatures dropping below -5°C.

  • Feeding: Feed sparingly every 10 days to 2 weeks. Cotoneasters are not particularly demanding and do not thrive under heavy fertilization. In areas with hard (lime) water, opt for an ericaceous fertilizer.

  • Repotting: Carry out repotting annually in spring as new buds begin to extend. Ensure a well-draining soil mix is used for this process.

  • Propagation: Sow seeds in containers outdoors during autumn. Consider layering in spring or rooting softwood cuttings during the summer months.

Embrace the enchanting beauty of Cotoneaster bonsai in your collection. Visit our store to explore these captivating varieties and infuse your bonsai garden with winter allure.

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