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Edible uses


Yields a manna-like substance called shir-khist, it is rich in sugars[1][2][3]. It contains about 13% sacchrose, 37.5% dextrose[4][3]. No details of which part of the plant yields the manna, it is most likely to be the stem.


Material uses

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit[5]. The wood is used in basket making.

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The plant is aperient, expectorant and stomachic[6].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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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[7][8]. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°c and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°c[9]. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°c but it can take 2 years[9]. 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[7][8].

Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel, November in a frame.

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An easily grown plant, it prefers a good soil but also does well in poor soils[10][7][8]. It thrives in lime and is also happy in peaty soils[10]. It succeeds in any soil that is not marshy or waterlogged[7][8]. Succeeds in dry soils[11]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade but does not fruit so freely in a shady position[7][8]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[8].

A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[8]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[8]. There are several sub-species[8]. The flowers, when inhaled near to, have an unpleasant smell like decaying fish[12]. They are very attractive to bees whilst the fruit is a good winter food source for many species of birds[8].

Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[8].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Cotoneaster racemiflorus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  3. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Grae. I. Nature's Colors - Dyes from Plants. MacMillan Publishing Co. New York. ISBN 0-02-544950-8 (1974-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 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)
  7. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  8. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  11. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
  12. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  13. ? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)

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