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Franchet's Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster franchetii

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Semi-evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, roadsides, walls, wasteland, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Flowers have 5 small white petals, tinged pink. Flowers are clustered.
Red berries.
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.
Flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Grey Cotoneaster.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Cotoneaster franchetii is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to China. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree with dark green leaves and small, pink flowers that appear in the spring. In the fall, the plant produces small, red berries that are attractive to birds. Cotoneaster franchetii is known for its attractive flowers and berries and is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.


Franchet's cotoneaster, also known as Cotoneaster franchetii, is a beautiful and hardy shrub that is native to China and widely cultivated in many parts of the world. It is known for its striking appearance and ease of maintenance, making it an excellent choice for gardeners of all levels of experience. In this blog, we will discuss the key features of Franchet's cotoneaster and why it's a must-have for your garden.

Appearance: Franchet's cotoneaster is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall and wide. It has a spreading habit with arching branches and a dense, round canopy. The leaves are dark green, glossy and ovate in shape, and turn a brilliant red in the fall. The plant produces small, pink or white flowers in the spring, which are followed by red or orange berries in the summer. These berries persist well into the winter and provide a stunning contrast to the barren branches.

Hardiness: Franchet's cotoneaster is an extremely hardy plant and can survive in a wide range of temperatures and soil types. It is drought-tolerant and can thrive in full sun or partial shade. It is also resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance addition to your garden.

Landscaping Uses: Franchet's cotoneaster is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of landscaping applications. It can be planted as a specimen plant or in mass plantings as a hedge or screen. It is also well suited for use in rock gardens and as a foundation plant. The shrub is also a great choice for wildlife gardens, as the berries are a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.

Care: Franchet's cotoneaster is a low-maintenance plant that requires very little care. It can be pruned in late winter or early spring to control its size and shape, but this is not necessary if you prefer a more natural look. The shrub prefers well-drained soil and should be watered regularly during dry periods. Fertilize in the spring with a balanced fertilizer and mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Franchet's cotoneaster is a beautiful and hardy shrub that is easy to care for and offers a multitude of landscaping options. Its striking appearance and versatility make it a must-have for any garden. So, if you're looking for a shrub that can add color and interest to your garden all year round, consider Franchet's cotoneaster.

Propagation: Franchet's cotoneaster can be propagated by both seeds and cuttings. For seed propagation, sow the seeds in a well-drained soil mixture in the spring and keep the soil moist. For cutting propagation, take 4 to 6 inch semi-hardwood cuttings in the summer and plant them in a well-drained soil mixture. Keep the cuttings in a warm, humid environment until they have rooted, which can take up to a few months. Once they have rooted, they can be planted in their permanent location.

Design Considerations: When designing your garden with Franchet's cotoneaster, consider the plant's size and form. It is best to plant it in a location where it has room to spread and reach its full size. If you are planting a group of shrubs, space them 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for good air circulation and to prevent disease. The shrub's striking fall color and winter berries can be highlighted by planting it in front of a dark green or evergreen backdrop.

Uses in Landscape Design: Franchet's cotoneaster is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways in landscape design. It can be used as a specimen plant, planted in groups to create a hedge or screen, or used in rock gardens and as a foundation plant. It is also a great choice for wildlife gardens, as the berries are a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.

The shrub's dense, spreading form can be used to create a natural boundary between different areas of the garden, such as separating a vegetable garden from a flower garden. Its arching branches also make it a great choice for a natural-looking border or hedge along a driveway or walkway. Its fall color and winter berries can also be used to create a focal point in the garden.

Design Considerations: When designing your garden with Franchet's cotoneaster, consider its size and form. The shrub can grow up to 6 feet tall and wide, so it should be planted in a location where it has enough room to spread. If you are planting a group of shrubs, space them 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for good air circulation and to prevent disease.

The shrub's striking fall color and winter berries can be highlighted by planting it in front of a dark green or evergreen backdrop, such as a stand of evergreen trees or a large evergreen shrub. The berries can also be used to add interest to the garden in the winter, so consider planting the shrub near a path or seating area where they can be easily enjoyed.

In conclusion, Franchet's cotoneaster is a beautiful, hardy, and low-maintenance shrub that is a great choice for any garden. Its versatility and ease of care make it a must-have for any gardener, and its beauty will add interest and color to your garden all year round. So why not add this beautiful shrub to your garden today and enjoy its many benefits for years to come!


Franchet's Cotoneaster filmed at Wigan Locks and Kirklees Nature Reserve in Lancashire on the 9th June 2023.


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