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Small-leaved Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster microphyllus s.str.


Short description of Cotoneaster microphyllus s.str., Small-leaved Cotoneaster

It is a procumbent to ascending dense evergreen shrub up to 1m high. It bears small, dark green shiny elliptic to obovate leaves and, in late spring to early summer, masses of white flowers. Autumn brings attractive crimson fruits, which often persist on the plant until well into winter and are attractive to birds. It is extremely hardy and is indifferent to very low temperatures.

Description of Cotoneaster microphyllus s.str., Small-leaved Cotoneaster status in GB

Small-leaved Cotoneaster is a planted garden shrub that may have become established in the wild in scattered places in lowland GB. Its exact distribution is unclear due to confusion with similar species.

Habitat summary: Cotoneaster microphyllus s.str., Small-leaved Cotoneaster

Little is known about the habitats of this species in the wild in GB, it may have potential to escape from cultivation and invade semi-natural habitats of high conservation value such as dry limestone grassland.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Indian Subcontinent
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Date of first record: 1905

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Sharon Pilkington

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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