Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Lowfast cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Lowfast’

About This Species

Zone 5a

Grow me instead of Common periwinkle

This species is a low-growing, woody, evergreen shrub with small, leathery, rounded, green leaves. The leaves turn reddish-bronze or purple in the winter. It produces pretty white flowers in late spring to early summer. They are replaced by bright red berries in the fall which attract birds and mammals. This woody, mat-forming, groundcover plant requires full sun to partial shade, moist, well-drained soils.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions