Description: The Cotoneaster is a hardy, easy-to-grow tree. It has small, attractive leaves and flowers thereby making it an excellent specimen for bonsai. There a wide range of varieties both deciduous and evergreen in spreading, upright or prostrate forms.
Cotoneaster has clusters of small white flowers in the spring followed by masses of small bright berries with a remainder of bright green foliage.
The varieties most suited for bonsai are: Cotoneaster horizontalis, Compacta Nana, Congestus and cotoneaster Microphyllus.
Placement: Cotoneaster should be kept in a sunny position for the best results but will grow quite in a morning sun position as well.
Watering: Should be carried out frequently throughout summer and less in winter as the soil should be kept moist at all times. This is especially important for evergreen varieties.
Fertilizing: A good liquid feed is a combination of 15 mls of maxicrop to 15 mls of nitrosol to 2 litres of water. This should be applied once weekly from the beginning of spring (August) until the of (March) one cup full per bonsai preferably the day after watering.
Pruning: Cotoneaster is very tolerant to heavy pruning. Trim back new growth during the growing period to keep the pants existing shape. Remove old growth during spring.
"Bonsai is the creation of living art and the blending of elements"