Cotoneaster is easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. We suggest at least 4 hours of sunlight for best flowering and berry production. Established plants have high drought tolerance. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic.
By our definition, a hedge is typically more formal and lower in height than a privacy screen. A hedge is made of closely planted shrubs or other plants which, as they grow and are trimmed and shaped or left to grow natural, form a straight or curved solid wall or fence of foliage from 1 to 10 feet in height.
By our definition, a privacy screen is typically less formal and taller in height than a hedge. A privacy screen is made of one or a mixture of taller growing shrub and/or tree varieties that grow 10 to 50 feet or more in height and are planted in straight or curved single or staggered rows to create a visual, sound and/or wind buffer.