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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Cotoneaster conspicuus.

Material uses

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit[1].

Plants are fairly wind-resistant and can be grown as part of a shelterbelt[2]. The cultivar 'Red Glory' is taller growing than the type species and so would probably be of more use[K].

Some cultivars are suitable for growing as a ground cover, the cultivar 'Decorus' has been recommended[3]. 'Flameburst', Red Pearl' and 'Tiny Tim', are also low-growing and would possibly be of use for ground cover[K].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Cotoneaster conspicuus.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover




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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[4][2]. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°c and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°c[5]. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°c but it can take 2 years[5]. 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[4][2].

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An easily grown plant, it prefers a good soil but also does well in poor soils[6][4][2]. It thrives in lime and is also happy in peaty soils[6]. It succeeds in any soil that is not marshy or waterlogged[4][2]. Succeeds in dry soils[7]. Grows well in heavy clay soils[3]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade but does not fruit so freely in a shady position[4][2]. Grows well on the sunny side of a woodland edge[2]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution and windy sites[2].

This species is hardy to about -18°c[8]. Plants are normally of a low growing and spreading habit, though they are sometimes almost prostrate and at other times taller and fairly erect[4]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[2]. There are a number of named forms selected for their ornamental value[2].

The flowers, when inhaled near to, have an unpleasant smell like decaying fish[9]. They are very attractive to bees whilst the fruit is a good winter food source for many species of birds[2]. The fruit of this species is not very attractive to birds and normally hangs on the bush throughout the winter[4].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Cotoneaster conspicuus
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
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
3 x 3 meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Grae. I. Nature's Colors - Dyes from Plants. MacMillan Publishing Co. New York. ISBN 0-02-544950-8 (1974-00-00)
  2. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  3. ? Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
  4. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  7. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
  8. ? Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
  9. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  10. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)