Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster spp.

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The genus Cotoneaster contains hundreds of deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen species of tree and shrub. This genus is popular in horticulture as specimen plants, having pretty foliage and saucer-shaped white to dark pink flowers, followed by an abundance of red berries that are attractive to birds. They originate from woodland and rocky areas in Northern temperate regions. Some species are used effectively as hedging or ground cover plants, but they require soil on the dry side and are intolerant of waterlogging. They are particularly useful for training against walls. All parts toxic if ingested.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe (evergreen and semi-evergreen) or greenwood (deciduous) cuttings in late summer.

Special features

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Hedge plant

Special features

Origin

Europe, Asia, N. Africa

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Compost, Clay, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None

Problems