The Cotoneaster Lacteus hedge, also known as the Milkflower Cotoneaster, is a large evergreen hedge that can grow up to ten feet.They have branches that arch easily, and can be recognised thanks to the tiny white flowers during the summer. When autumn and winter arrives, the hedge will have a mass of red fruits, ready and waiting for wildlife to enjoy.
Cotoneaster Lacteus hedges originate from China, specifically the Yunnan region, and has white felt, almost a velvet texture to touch, underneath their dark green leaves. The Cotoneaster Lacteus loves to be planted in either full sunlight or partial shade, and resides well in chalk, sand, loam and clay soil. Make sure that the soil is well drained; it doesn’t do well in waterlogged or poor drainage sites.
It can take anywhere between ten and twenty years to grow to its full height and width. Therefore we would recommend planting these hedges eighteen inches apart; they are suitable for hedges anywhere between five and ten feet. They can be planted on a slope, and provide a great hedging screen for privacy, thanks to its bushy nature. It is best to prune Cotoneaster Lacteus hedging between April and May, so there will be an unlikely risk of frost threatening the hedge and any pruning scars will be covered during the summer.