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FRANCHET'S COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster franchetii

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

month8may

Berries: berryZpossible        berryZgreen berryZred  (6-9mm, poisonous, orange-red, obovoid)
berry8aug berry8sep berry8sept berry8oct berry8nov

category
category8Shrubs
category
category8Broadleaf
category
category8Evergreen
status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8pink
inner
inner8purple
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZbell
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZmedium

26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Growing amongst Red Valerian, this shrub has either erect or arching branches and grows up to 3m in height.


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
It is an evergreen species.


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The leaves vary between 2cm to 3.5cm long. Stems are round and woody.


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Stems reddish-brown. Flowers in bunches of 5 to 15.


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
These flowers are bell-shaped with five red to white petals.


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Leaf veins are deeply indented into the top surface (silvery to yellowish tomentose - densely covered in short, soft hairs on underside).


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Flowers have pale-purple anthers. Leaves not bullate (with the surface not raised as strikingly in 'blisters', as are those of Bullate Cotoneaster).


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The calyx lobes are acuminate (with a point at the tip in the shape of a '}') [seen best in the top-most flower]


26th June 2019, flanks of, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The calyx lobes are acuminate (with a point at the tip in the shape of a '}') [seen best in the top-most flower]


The fruits, of which your Author as-yet has no photos, are orange-red and 6-9mm long and are broad-oval in shape. Contributions welcome :-)

It is a naturalised neophyte found scattered in Britain and Ireland and north up to North and Central Scotland. Also in the Channel Islands. It came from South West China.

It is very close in features to Stern's Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sternianus) but the leaves of that are usually larger at 2.5 to 5 cm (up to 6cm) )whereas those of Franchet's Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetiiare) only 2 to 3.5cm). Also the fruits of Stern's Cotoneaster are 8 to 10mm, subglobose with usually 3 stones [but can be 2 to 4] (whereas those of Franchet's Cotoneaster can be slightly smaller at 6-9mm, broadly obovoid also with 3 stones [but can be just 2]).


  Cotoneaster franchetii  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

Distribution
 family8Rose family8Rosaceae
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genus8Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster
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FRANCHET'S COTONEASTER

Cotoneaster franchetii

Rose Family [Rosaceae]