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Entire-leaved Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster integrifolius

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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, 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
Evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, parks, rocky places, seaside.

White, 5 petals
Up to 15mm across with spreading petals. The anthers are red to purple in colour. Approximately 20 stamens per flower.
The deep red berries are globular and contain 2 stones each. Up to 1cm across. In fruit from October to December. Bird-sown.
A sprawling shrub with tiny oblong leaves, up to 1.5cm long. The dark green, glossy leaves have inrolled margins and are blunt-tipped. A common garden species which has become widely naturalised.
Other Names:
Small-leaved Cotoneaster, Wintergreen Cotoneaster.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Cotoneaster integrifolius 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 integrifolius 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 integrifolius are entire, meaning that they are not lobed or divided, and have a glossy appearance.


Entire-leaved Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster integrifolius) is a species of shrub that is native to the mountainous regions of Central and Southwest China. It is a popular ornamental plant that is valued for its delicate beauty and low maintenance requirements.

The Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 feet in height. Its leaves are dark green, glossy, and oblong in shape. They are entire (without serrations) and measure up to 1.5 inches in length. In the spring, the shrub produces clusters of small, white flowers that are followed by bright red berries in the fall.

The Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is a hardy shrub that is well adapted to a variety of growing conditions. It prefers well-drained soils and is drought tolerant, making it a great choice for gardeners who live in arid regions. It is also resistant to pests and diseases, which makes it an ideal choice for low-maintenance landscaping.

In addition to its hardiness, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is also prized for its attractive foliage and colorful fruit. The leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall, adding a pop of color to the landscape just as other plants are starting to fade. The red berries are a favorite food source for birds and other wildlife, making the shrub an important addition to wildlife gardens.

The Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is easy to care for and can be pruned to maintain its shape or trained to grow as a hedge. It is also a great choice for rock gardens and can be used as a groundcover in areas where it is allowed to spread.

The Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is a versatile and beautiful shrub that is perfect for a variety of gardening needs. Its hardiness, low maintenance requirements, and attractive foliage and fruit make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a touch of nature to their landscape.

If you are looking to add some year-round interest to your garden, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is a great choice. In the spring, its delicate white flowers make a beautiful contrast against the dark green foliage. The bright red berries that follow in the fall are also a stunning addition to the landscape. And in the winter, when many other plants have lost their leaves, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster's bare branches provide a lovely winter silhouette.

In addition to its ornamental qualities, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster also has some practical uses. It can be used as a low hedge or as a groundcover in areas where it is allowed to spread. Its dense growth habit makes it an effective barrier for wind or noise, making it a good choice for planting near busy roads or noisy areas.

If you are looking to add the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster to your garden, it is easy to grow from either seeds or cuttings. It can be planted in full sun to partial shade, and it will grow well in a variety of soils as long as they are well-drained. Once established, it is a low maintenance shrub that does not require much pruning or care.

It's worth noting that the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is not only a great choice for the garden, but it is also a valuable plant for wildlife. As mentioned before, its red berries are a favorite food source for birds and other wildlife. This not only adds to the beauty of the shrub, but also provides a valuable source of food for local wildlife.

Another benefit of the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is its versatility. It can be grown as a single specimen or mass-planted to create a colorful and dense groundcover. Its dense growth habit makes it an effective barrier for wind or noise, making it a good choice for planting near busy roads or noisy areas. The shrub can also be trained to grow as a small tree or used as a foundation planting to add interest and texture to the garden.

When it comes to maintenance, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is an easy-care plant. It does not require much pruning or fertilization, and is resistant to pests and diseases. This makes it an ideal choice for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance shrub that still provides a lot of beauty and interest to the garden.

In conclusion, the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster is a must-have plant for any gardener who values versatility, low maintenance, and year-round interest. Whether grown as a single specimen or mass-planted, this shrub is sure to add beauty and value to any garden. So why not add the Entire-leaved Cotoneaster to your landscape today and enjoy its beauty for years to come?