Out of Control Cotoneaster

(Question)

I have a cotoneaster plant that only has shrub at the top of the bush. The rabbits ate the bottom portion off. I read somewhere that you can pretty well cut the cotoneaster plant back down to the ground and it will regrow. Is this true? Thanks for your response.

 

(Answer)

Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners. Cotoneaster can be pruned twelve inches from ground level.  This is generally done when the shrub is overgrown. If you prune drastically, it will take several years for the shrub to re-flower.  It is surprising that rabbits ate the shrub as generally cotoneaster is not attractive to rabbits.  If rabbits are the culprit you might ask a reputable nursery for a rabbit repellent.

For more information on pruning cotoneaster please refer to this site:
Renovating overgrown climbers and wall shrubs

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=476

For more information on deterring rabbits please refer to this site:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/pests-and-problems/animals/rabbits.aspx