Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Wide range of soil tolerance. Branches root where they touch the ground. Does not do well in the hot and humid conditions of the deep South.
Cranberry cotoneaster is a dense, broad-upright, somewhat mounding deciduous shrub with stiffly arching branches. Typically grows to 3' tall with a spread to 6'. Small pinkish flowers in late spring give way to red (cranberry-like) berries (pomes) which mature in late summer and persist into winter. Rounded-ovate glossy green leaves (to 3/4" long) turn attractive shades of purple, red and bronze in autumn.
No serious insect or disease problems. Spider mites can be a problem in hot, dry conditions. As with many other rose family members, there is some susceptibility to fireblight (sudden wilting and darkening of the stems).
Versatile shrub that can be used to cover large areas. Effective on banks or slopes for erosion control. Foundation plant. Low informal hedge.