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Flowers have 5 small white petals, tinged pink. Flowers are clustered.
Semi-evergreen shrub. Dark green, alternate leaves along the stems, glossy, oval and pointed. Leaf veins are prominent. The undersides of the leaves are a silvery white.
3 meters tall.
Mildly toxic. The leaves of Cotoneaster contain 'cyanogenic glycosides' which convert into cyanide during digestion. You would need to eat quite a lot of this plant before any serious harm is done, however, the risk is much greater for children and animals. Ingestion affects internal organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and brain.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Flowers are fragrant.
Gardens, grassland, roadsides, walls, wasteland, woodland.