Hi This is my first spring with this ‘tree’. It still has dried up berries on it. Should I get rid of them or will that happen naturally when the new leaves grow? Thanks
We’ve had a long and sustained cold winter this year. Many plants are taking their time to ‘bud out’. Your Cotoneaster apiculatus will naturally lose its dried berries (pomes) once the flowers and leaves begin to emerge.
You’ve chosen an excellent four-season interest plant for your garden. Small pinkish flowers will soon cover the branches. In the fall, the tiny glossy green leaves will turn to shades of purple, red and bronze. The cranberry red berries will persist throughout the winter and will be a food source for some birds.
Enjoy your ‘tree’.