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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw[1]. It is sweet when fully ripe[2]. A watery flavour[1]. It is possibly edible[3]. The fruit is about 7mm in diameter[4].

Fruit

Material uses

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit.

The leaves are used for incense[1]. The plant has an extensive root system and a creeping habit above ground. It makes a good soil binder[1]. The sub-species C. microphyllus cochleatus can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[5][6]. It forms a dense carpet of growth[6]. The branches are used for making baskets[7][2][1].

Wood - hard, close and even grained[7][2]. Used for fuel[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The stolons are said to be astringent[8].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover


Earth stabiliser

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed. Members of this genus hybridize freely so, if you require seed that breeds true, it is important to obtain it from a known wild source or from a controlled fertilization of garden plants. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it will usually germinate in the spring[9][4]. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°c and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°c[10]. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°c but it can take 2 years[10]. Pot the seedlings up as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into nursery beds or into their permanent positions when they are more than 10cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame[9][4].

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it prefers a good soil but also does well in poor soils[11][9][4]. It thrives in lime and is also happy in peaty soils[11]. It succeeds in any soil that is not marshy or waterlogged[9][4]. Succeeds in dry soils[5]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade but does not fruit so freely in a shady position[9][4]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[4].

A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[12][4]. A very ornamental plant[11], there are some named forms[13]. Most forms are quite slow-growing[4][13]. It hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[4] and often self-sows in British gardens[14]. A low-growing plant, the branches often root when they come into contact with the soil[14]. The flowers, when inhaled near to, have an unpleasant smell like decaying fish[15]. They are very attractive to bees whilst the fruit is a good winter food source for many species of birds[4].

Plants are notably susceptible to honey fungus[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cotoneaster microphyllus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Cotoneaster microphyllus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Genus
Cotoneaster
Family
Rosaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
1 x 2 meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.61.7 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Gupta. B. L. Forest Flora of Chakrata, Dehra Dun and Saharanpur. Forest Research Institute Press (1945-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  4. ? 4.004.014.024.034.044.054.064.074.084.094.104.114.124.13 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.2 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.16.2 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.17.2 Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (1972-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.19.29.39.49.5 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  12. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  13. ? 13.013.1 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
  14. ? 14.014.1 Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
  15. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  16. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)


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Belongs to familyRosaceae +
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Has material useBasketry +, Dye +, Wood + and Incense +
Has mature height1 +
Has mature width2 +
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Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
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Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
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Tolerates windYes +
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