Cotoneaster microphyllus ‘Cochleatus’ (= C. cochleatus; C. melanotrichus)
Habit: Prostrate and extended dwarf shrub, 0.3-0.5 m tall and wide; shoots slightly arching; slow-growing.
Fruits: Small, lively red, plentiful, persistent into winter.
Leaves: Evergreen, very small, almost round, thick and leathery, shiny like varnish; dark bronze-green in winter.
Demands: Usually frost hardy, good for urban areas, needs wind protection.
Note: Loses its leaves from the centre outwards after 8-10 years; cut back to 20 cm shoot length and fertilise to bring back new, luxurious, dense branches.
Hardiness: Zone 7a