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Bullate Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster rehderi

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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, 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, Franchet's Cotoneaster, 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:
5 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, sand dunes, scrub, walls, wasteland, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Large clusters of pinkish-white flowers, each with 5 petals.
Clusters of bright red berries frequently bird-sown, 1 cm in size when fully grown.
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.
Other Names:
Blistered Cotoneaster.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Cotoneaster rehderi 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 rehderi 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. The leaves of Cotoneaster rehderi are glossy and have a smooth margin. They are arranged alternately on the stem and are elliptical in shape.


Bullate Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster rehderi) is a small shrub that is widely grown for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes. Native to China and Mongolia, this deciduous shrub is valued for its hardiness, ease of care, and attractive foliage and flowers.

The Bullate Cotoneaster is a low-growing shrub that can reach up to three feet in height and width. Its branches are flexible, making it ideal for planting along pathways, or as a low hedge. The leaves are dark green and glossy, and have a bullate, or wavy, appearance. In the fall, the leaves turn a striking red or orange color, adding to the shrub's ornamental value.

In the spring, the Bullate Cotoneaster produces clusters of small, white or pink flowers that are attractive to bees and other pollinators. After the flowers fade, the shrub produces bright red or orange berries that persist into the winter, providing food for birds and other wildlife.

One of the great benefits of the Bullate Cotoneaster is its hardiness and low-maintenance nature. It is relatively disease-resistant and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including both dry and wet soils. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who want a shrub that will provide color and interest year-round with minimal effort.

Aside from its ornamental value, the Bullate Cotoneaster also has some practical uses in the garden. For example, it can be used to stabilize slopes and prevent soil erosion, as its roots are strong and its branches are flexible enough to bend but not break in strong winds.

Another great aspect of this shrub is its low maintenance requirements. Once established, it does not need frequent pruning and can thrive with minimal attention. However, if you do need to prune it, it is best to do so in late winter or early spring before the new growth appears. This will ensure that you don't remove any of the upcoming flowers or berries.

It is also relatively pest-resistant, but it may be subject to fireblight, a bacterial disease that can cause wilting and death of branches. To prevent this, avoid pruning the shrub during humid conditions, and always sterilize your pruning tools between cuts.

Additionally, the Bullate Cotoneaster is also a great option for gardeners who are looking for a drought-tolerant shrub. Once established, this shrub is able to survive and thrive with limited water, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or other water-wise landscapes.

This shrub is also deer-resistant, so if you live in an area where deer are a problem, the Bullate Cotoneaster can be a great solution. It is also rabbit-resistant, so you don't have to worry about these pests eating your shrub.

Another great feature of the Bullate Cotoneaster is that it can be easily propagated by rooting cuttings. Simply take semi-ripe cuttings in the summer and root them in a mixture of sand and peat moss. Once rooted, the new plants can be transplanted into the garden and will quickly establish themselves. This is a great way to increase your stock of this attractive shrub, or to share with friends and family.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that the Bullate Cotoneaster is a great choice for small gardens or for those with limited space. Its low-growing habit and compact size make it an ideal choice for patios, courtyards, or other small outdoor spaces. With its attractive foliage, flowers, and berries, it is sure to add beauty and interest to any garden, no matter its size.

Another benefit of the Bullate Cotoneaster is that it is relatively low-maintenance. It does not require regular fertilization and will thrive in most soils as long as they are well-draining. If you want to encourage more growth or better berry production, you can provide it with a balanced fertilizer in the spring.

It is also important to note that the Bullate Cotoneaster is generally not susceptible to many pests or diseases, making it a low-maintenance shrub. However, it is susceptible to fireblight, a bacterial disease that can cause wilting and death of branches. To prevent this, avoid pruning the shrub during humid conditions, and always sterilize your pruning tools between cuts.

In terms of care, the Bullate Cotoneaster is quite hardy and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and does best in well-draining soils. It is also fairly drought-tolerant once established, but like most plants, it will benefit from occasional watering during prolonged dry periods.

One important aspect of caring for the Bullate Cotoneaster is pruning. This shrub can be pruned to keep its shape or to promote bushier growth. It is best to prune it in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. If you are pruning for shape, simply remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches. If you are pruning for bushier growth, remove the tips of the branches to encourage new growth.

In conclusion, the Bullate Cotoneaster is a great choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance shrub that provides ornamental value year-round. Its attractive foliage, flowers, and berries, combined with its hardiness and ease of care, make it a great choice for any garden. With proper care, this shrub will provide beauty and interest for many years to come.

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