Cotoneaster apiculatus Tom Thumb
(syn.Little Gem, C. adpressus Tom Thumb or Little Gem) Rosaceae
Tom Thumb Cotoneaster, Tom Thumb Cranberry Cotoneaster
- Deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub, 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) tall, but grows slowly to form a mound 1-2 ft (30-60 cm) tall, branch tips root where they touch the ground and it may spread to 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) wide or more. Leaves alternate, simple, orbicular-ovate, about 1.5 cm wide, glossy dark green, turn bright red in fall. Sometimes described as rarely forming flowers or fruits, whereas elsewhere it is described as having tiny pink flowers and red fruit. Possibly more than one form marketed under this name.
- Sun to light shade. Easy to grow, but best in moist, well-drained soil, but frequently recommended for dry climates.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Tom Thumb appears to have uncertain origins, and one may find it listed as a selection of Cotoneaster apiculatus, C. adpressus or C. horizontalis.
- adpressus: leaves appressed against the stem.