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Hollyberry Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster bullatus

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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, 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, 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
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
4 metres tall
Cliffs, gardens, hedgerows, parks, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, walls, wasteland, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Clusters of small pale pink flowers. Up to 20 flowers per cluster. The flowers may look a deeper shade of pink while still in bud. The flowers have white anthers.
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.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

Other Information


Hollyberry cotoneaster is a common name that is sometimes used to refer to species of plants in the Cotoneaster genus that have holly-like leaves and produce berries. These plants are members of the family Rosaceae and are native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa. There are many different species of Cotoneaster that are known for their holly-like leaves and berries, including Cotoneaster acutifolius, Cotoneaster dammeri, and Cotoneaster horizontalis. These plants are often grown as ornamental shrubs or groundcover plants in gardens and are known for their attractive flowers and berries.


Cotoneaster bullatus, commonly known as Hollyberry Cotoneaster, is a small deciduous shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This plant is native to China and has been widely cultivated in many parts of the world for its attractive foliage and striking berry clusters.

One of the key features of Hollyberry Cotoneaster is its glossy, dark green leaves that turn a brilliant red in autumn. The leaves are small and oval-shaped, adding an attractive texture to the shrub. In the summer, tiny white flowers bloom in clusters, attracting a variety of pollinators to your garden.

One of the most impressive aspects of this plant is its stunning berry clusters. The berries are round and bright red, and they persist well into winter, providing food and shelter for birds. The berry clusters are also great for adding a pop of color to your garden during the dull winter months.

Hollyberry Cotoneaster is a low maintenance plant and is easy to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant and does not require regular watering. Pruning is recommended in the spring to maintain the shrub's shape and encourage new growth.

This shrub is highly versatile and can be used in a variety of garden designs. It is perfect for rock gardens, woodland gardens, and borders. It can also be used as a groundcover, as it will spread and create a dense mat of foliage. Hollyberry Cotoneaster is also a great choice for gardeners who are looking to attract birds to their yards.

Hollyberry Cotoneaster is a stunning and versatile shrub that is easy to care for. Its attractive foliage, striking berry clusters, and low maintenance requirements make it a great choice for any garden. Whether you are looking to add a pop of color, attract pollinators, or simply create a beautiful landscape, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is definitely worth considering.

In addition to its ornamental qualities, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is also highly valued for its resistance to disease and pests. This shrub is relatively free of problems, making it a great choice for gardeners who want a low-maintenance and worry-free landscape.

Another advantage of this plant is its adaptability to a wide range of climates. Hollyberry Cotoneaster is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, and it can withstand temperatures as low as -30°F. It is also drought-tolerant and can survive in areas with low rainfall.

When it comes to planting and care, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is a breeze. It is best planted in the spring or fall, and it should be placed in a location with well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It should be watered regularly until it is established, and then it can tolerate occasional periods of drought. Pruning is recommended in the spring to maintain the shrub's shape and encourage new growth.

In terms of design, Hollyberry Cotoneaster can be used in a variety of ways. It can be planted as a specimen shrub, as a hedge, or as a groundcover. It can also be used in mixed borders, rock gardens, and woodland gardens. When combined with other plants and flowers, Hollyberry Cotoneaster will create a stunning and diverse landscape.

In terms of wildlife, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is a great choice for gardeners who want to attract birds to their yards. The berry clusters provide food for a variety of bird species, including robins, thrushes, and waxwings. Additionally, the dense foliage provides shelter for birds during the winter months.

One of the key benefits of Hollyberry Cotoneaster is its ability to control erosion. Its dense foliage and shallow roots make it an excellent choice for hillsides and slopes, where it can help to prevent soil erosion and conserve moisture.

When it comes to propagation, Hollyberry Cotoneaster can be propagated from stem cuttings taken in the summer. It can also be propagated from seeds, although this method is less commonly used. Cuttings should be taken from healthy, mature shrubs and should be planted in a well-drained soil mix.

In terms of pests and diseases, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is relatively free of problems. It is resistant to many common pests and diseases, including fireblight, powdery mildew, and spider mites. However, it can be susceptible to scale insects, so regular monitoring is recommended.

In conclusion, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is a versatile and beautiful shrub that offers a wide range of benefits for gardeners. Its attractive foliage, striking berry clusters, and adaptability to a variety of climates make it a great choice for any garden. So whether you are looking to attract birds, control erosion, or simply add a pop of color to your landscape, Hollyberry Cotoneaster is definitely worth considering.

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