Evergreen or deciduous shrub or small tree
0.3-6m x 1-6m (depending on species and cultivar)
Bird (berries and shelter), bee, bumblebee, honey bee, butterfly nectar and moth caterpillar plant
- Cotoneasters are a wide group of shrubby or tree-like plants, some offering dense groundcover and others making large screens. Provided there is space for them to grow, they need little pruning or other management.
- Most produce large numbers of white flowers in summer, followed by red berries.
- Blackcap, Fieldfare, Redwing and Waxwing eat berries.
- Brimstone and Red Admiral Butterfly nectar plant.
- Ypsolopha scabrella Micromoth caterpillar food plant .
- Fills June gap for bees, bumblebees and honey bees.
- Flowers also good for many insects and insect-feeding birds.
Note: The following species can be invasive and should not be planted in gardens close to sensitive natural habitat; Cotoneaster microphyllus, C. horizontalis, C. simonsii and C. bullatus.