Cliffs, gardens, hedgerows, parkland, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, walls, wasteland, woodland.
Clusters of round, stalked, bright red berries appear from August to November (UK). The slightly square-shaped berries reach up to 8mm in diameter and contain 5 seeds (and sometimes but rarely 4). Up to 10 berries per cluster.
Simple, oval, broadly-lanceolate, pointed leaves, growing alternately along the stems. The dark green leaves turn red and orange in autumn before falling. This plant is similar-looking to Bullate Cotoneaster but has leaves up to 9cm long with moderately indented veins (slightly bullate). On the other hand, Bullate Cotoneaster has leaves up to 20cm long and has much deeper veins (strongly bullate). The leaves of Hollyberry Cotoneaster are matt green, whereas Bullate Cotoneaster are of a darker shade of green.