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Himalayan Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster simonsii


Short description of Cotoneaster simonsii, Himalayan Cotoneaster

A deciduous or semi-evergreen erect shrub 3-4 metres high. It bears dark green shiny oval leaves 1.5 - 2.5cm long and masses of dark red flowers with a white border borne in small pendent clusters in June. It tolerates some shade and is indifferent to poor dry soils and very low temperatures. Autumn brings abundant bright orange to orange-red fruits, which often persist on the plant until well into winter.

Description of Cotoneaster simonsii, Himalayan Cotoneaster status in GB

It is widely planted in gardens and landscaping schemes. It readily escapes into the wild and has become naturalised across most parts of lowland GB.

Habitat summary: Cotoneaster simonsii, Himalayan Cotoneaster

Its habitats fall into two distinct lowland categories. In urban areas it can colonise a range of artificial habitats from pavements to walls and brownfield land. More troublesome is its ability to invade a range of semi-natural habitats including heathland, scrub, woodland and rocky 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
Location of first record: v.c.23 (Oxford)
Date of first record: 1910

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Sharon Pilkington

Last updated:

August 8th, 2011

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