Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, sand dunes, scrub, walls, wasteland, woodland.
A deciduous or sometimes evergreen shrub (garden escape) with leaves of a blistered appearance, hence its alternative name. The Bullate Cotoneaster is difficult to tell apart from the similar-looking Hollyberry Cotoneaster. The Hollyberry Cotoneaster has smaller leaves (up to 7cm in length), whereas the darker-coloured Bullate Cotoneaster leaves are up to 15cm in length. The dark green, pointed leaves are downy beneath and turn red in autumn. In the British Isles, the Bullate Cotoneaster is most often found in north-west England. The Hollyberry Cotoneaster is less common.