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ENTIRE-LEAVED COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster integrifolius

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

Flowers:
month8may month8jun

Berries: berryZpossible        berryZred  (poisonous, matt-red, large)
berry8Jul berry8July berry8Aug berry8Sep berry8Sept berry8Oct

category
category8Shrubs
category
category8Deciduous
category
category8Broadleaf
status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8purple
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZmedium

22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Supposedly a low-growing shrub to one metre.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Sprawls over rocks or walls.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Has crimson red berries that are both matte and large (from 7-10mm across).


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are small dark-green and shiny on the upper surface.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are slightly pointed, with a slight fold along the mid-rib, and between 7 and 15mm long.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
The leaves have a few bristly hairs on upper surface, and can look as though they form small round clusters. The fruit is a striking colour and strikingly large for a Cotoneaster.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Berries rarely eaten by birds.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Branches are alternate as well as the leaves.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Branches brown, and covered in appressed hairs.


22nd Oct 2011, garden opp Millstone PH, Hathersage, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Underside of leaves has a promounced mid-rib, is a much lighter green and covered in appressed forwardly-directed hairs.


Easily confused with : Small-Leaved Cotoneaster Cotoneaster microphyllus) which is also a low-growing shrub with slightly smaller matt crimson red berries at 5-8mm (rather than 7-10mm of Entire-Leaved Cotoneaster) and also has smaller leaves at only 5-12mm (rather than the 7-15mm of Entire-Leaved Cotoneaster).

Some similarities to : Thyme-Leaved Cotoneaster Cotoneaster thymifolius).

The berries of Cotoneasters are poisonous, causing gastroenteritis if consumed. Birds usually find Cotoneaster berries too hard, so hardly ever eat them.

Originally from the Himalayas to Western China, Entire-Leaved Cotoneaster is much more likely to be found growing in someone's garden rather than in the wild, but it does indeed escape, and is said to be 'frequent' over the entire UK (although your author has never seen it!). The flowers are large for the leaves, at c.11mm across, and white with purple anthers.


  Cotoneaster integrifolius  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

Distribution
 family8Rose family8Rosaceae

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genus8Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster
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ENTIRE-LEAVED COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster integrifolius

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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