Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Pruning & Other Questions

leafy02(6 Central Kentucky)July 10, 2010

Today I bought Tom Thumb cotoneasters from two different stores. The plants from one store are round and dense, and the plants from the other store are leggy and branch-y.

I'm wondering if the difference in shape is due to pruning, or if they really aren't the same variety? I'd prefer the bushier appearance if I can prune the leggy ones that way...any advice appreciated.

Also, the labels say they are evergreen, but I found an article online that said they were deciduous in zone 8. I am zone 6 and they are going to get either full sun or morning-to-1pm sun, depending where I use them. Anyone have experience with them in this zone & want to predict whether they'll drop leaves?

Thank you !

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

without a picture.. its hard to tell you if they are the same plant...

nor able to give you pruning advise ... on words alone ...

i seem to recall.. many moon ago .. that cotoneaster was evergreen in my z5 MI .... so i dont know why it wouldnt be for you ... but i claim no specific knowledge of the various kinds ...

and its hard to rebut unknown website info.. without a link ...

can you post some pix??

ken

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