Cotoneasters are popular in horticulture as specimen plants, having attractive foliage and saucer-shaped, white to dark pink flowers in spring or summer. These are followed by an abundance of red (sometimes yellow or white) berries that are attractive to birds. The genus Cotoneaster contains hundreds of deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen species of trees and shrubs which originate from woodland and rocky areas in Northern temperate regions. Some Cotoneaster species are used effectively as hedging or ground cover plants. They are particularly useful for training against walls and dwarf varieties are often seen in rock gardens. Cotoneasters tolerate some shade and require soil on the dry side as they are intolerant of waterlogging.