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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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Examiner gardening writer Graham Porter said: "This is almost definitely the Hawthorn Webber moth, Scythropia crataegella, that can attack cotoneasters as in Mr Morris' garden as well as hawthorns.
SORBUS The shapely Sorbus is ideal for a small suburban garden ARBUTUS UNEDO PRICKLY HEATH APPLES Imagine the pride and joy of filling the fruit bowl from your own garden COTONEASTER DECAISNEA FARGESII BARBERRY CALLICARPA HARLEQUIN GLORY BOWER SORBUS The shapely Sorbus is ideal for a small suburban garden AUCUBA JAPONICA VARIAGATA
AT-RISK: Echinacea, left, is used as herb remedy while cotoneaster produces red winter berries
In the larger garden Cotoneaster 'Cornubia' can produce a small tree up to 5 metres (16') high with its spreading branches covered in red fruits at this time of year - it is a favourite 'berry plant' for winter visitors such as Waxwings, Redwings and Field Fares and received an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS in 2002.
We've selected the variegated foliage and pink flowers of the butterfly bush, buddleia Harlequin, the purple cistus Purpureus, the white-flowered cotoneaster decorus, the graceful white flowers of deutzia Gracilis, and the red-berried pyracantha Mohave.
Propagate a wide range of attractive shrubs such as pyracantha, lavender, philadelphus (mock orange) and cotoneaster by taking cuttings.
If you fancy bold, go for Orange Glow, while the berries of the cotoneaster can be as big as its leaves.
Try berberis, buddleia, cotoneaster, elderberry, escallonia, forsythia, jasmine, philadelphus, weigelia, privet and box.
For flowers and fruit try cotoneaster simonsii or pyracantha watereri.
europaeus (spindle tree), deciduous berberis species, hamamelis (witch hazel), vaccinium (blue berries), rhus typhina (stag's horn sumach), fothergilla (witch alder) and cotoneaster horizontalis.
Hawthorn and holly are favourite bushes, but they also love honeysuckle, ivy, cotoneaster, barberry, rowan and cornflower.
This can also be used to put out kitchen scraps such as animal fats, grated cheese and soaked dried fruit; put out hanging feeders for sunflower seeds or unsalted peanuts; apples and pears for blackbirds and thrushes; nest boxes for roosts for smaller birds; plant berry-bearing plants such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster and berberis; leave wild, weedy or shrubby areas for a natural seed source, cover and insect supply.