Another Perfect Plant: Wire Netting Bush

The New Zealand native, Corokia cotoneaster, is a contorted shrub with a stunning architectural form. Corokia is at its best when used in containers or against a light-colored background so the interesting form and black branches are highlighted. Without a strong background, it can get lost in a complicated planting arrangement. While it does have yellow flowers in the spring, and orange berries in the fall, Corokia is typically grown for its contorted form.

It is thought that the form evolved to protect itself from grazing by oversized (now extinct, probably caused by humans), flightless birds called Moas. It is not known if the form now protects against the modern day ravages of deer and rabbits.

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The Telegraph
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Paul Cady

Paul is a landscape designer with a professional background in public horticulture. His years of experience maintaining both public and private gardens provide an informed perspective on choosing, arranging, and placing plants in the landscape. He is committed to creating landscapes that will survive and thrive over time through making informed plant choices and developing written landscape management plans.