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any Old World shrub of the rosaceous genus Cotoneaster: cultivated for their small ornamental white or pinkish flowers and red or black berries



a genus of plants of the family Rosaceae. They are shrubs measuring up to 3 m tall. The leaves are entire. The small flowers are white or pale pink. The red or black fruit is a minute mealy pome, with two to four seeds. There are more than 100 species, distributed in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. In the USSR there are approximately 35 species. The most common species is Cotoneaster melanocarpa. Common species in the Caucasus are the black-fruited C. meyeri and the red-fruited C. integerrima; the latter also grows in the Crimea. Numerous species of Cotoneaster are found in the mountains of Middle Asia, including C. megalocarpa, C. multiflora, C. insignis (which sometimes grows into a tree), and C. hissarica. The last species, which is drought-resistant, is used to secure slopes and as a stock in gardens. The species C. lucida, which is native to Siberia, is used to form hedges.

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The fact birds can carry cotoneaster berries for long distances before dropping the seeds means that tackling cotoneaster will be an ongoing management action for these sites.
BERRYING plants always look good during the winter months and we should never overlook some of the more obvious subjects such as Cotoneasters.
5 metres long, is not the work of spiders, but that of cotoneaster caterpillars.
Ornamental crab apples (like those we have at Erddig), rowans, cotoneaster and pyracantha, along with other berrying trees and shrubs, are great for extending the year and giving more colour.
As contrast, Ketzel combined foliage plants with interesting textures and shapes, including black mondo grass, Corokia cotoneaster, Libertia, yucca, Iris foetidissima 'Variegata', and--for a pop of bright color--Kniphofia.
The Strand bed and breakfast, run by Angela and Mike Frayne, had seven species in good numbers on the spring inspection, with Cotoneaster and Star of Bethlehem proving irresistible to the insects.
Rowan, spindle, hawthorn, cotoneaster, honeysuckle, holly and ivy all have berries which birds love.
Hardy Chrysanths in deep oranges and reds add so much vibrancy and various types of Cotoneaster have bright red berries.
PLANT berry-bearing trees and shrubs such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster, honeysuckle and ivy to provide birds somewhere to shelter and fruit to feed on.
It may not be as prestigious as the holly, but the cotoneaster produces a wealth of berries which add instant pizzazz to any festive wreath.
horizontalis, thefishbone cotoneaster, so- called because of its flat, fish bone -shaped overlapping branches.