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Wall Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster horizontalis


Short description of Cotoneaster horizontalis, Wall Cotoneaster

It is a deciduous to semi-evergreen procumbent shrub which forms low mounds of foliage. Its branches spread horizontally in a characteristic herringbone pattern and bear many small, shiny dark green leaves. Small pinkish flowers are borne freely in May in small clusters, followed by dark red shiny fruits up to 1cm in diameter in the autumn.

Description of Cotoneaster horizontalis, Wall Cotoneaster status in GB

Wall cotoneaster is widely planted in gardens and landscaping schemes. It readily escapes over the garden wall and is widespread in the wild across most parts of lowland GB.

Habitat summary: Cotoneaster horizontalis, Wall Cotoneaster

Its habitats fall into two distinct lowland categories. In urban areas it is characteristic of disturbed, dry sites. More troublesome is its preference for herb-rich limestone grassland, crags and other important semi-natural habitats.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: China
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.29
Date of first record: 1940

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Sharon Pilkington

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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