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Diel's Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dielsianus

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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, 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
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Pinkish-white flowers with erect petals. 20 stamens.
Globular, scarlet red fruit, up to 9mm across. The fruit are comprised of 3 to 5 nutlets. The fruit ripens in October.
Simple, alternate, elliptic to ovate, pointed leaves. Lightly impressed leaf veins. The undersides of the leaves are greyish with a felt covering. Rare in the UK outside of the Midlands and north-west England.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

Other Information


Cotoneaster dielsianus 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 dielsianus 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 dielsianus are glossy and have a smooth margin. They are arranged alternately on the stem and are oblong or elliptical in shape. The specific epithet "dielsianus" honors the German botanist Adolf Diels.


Diel's Cotoneaster, scientifically known as Cotoneaster dielsianus, is a species of flowering shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This plant is native to China, but it can be found in many other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe, where it has become popular as an ornamental plant.

Cotoneaster dielsianus is a deciduous shrub that grows to be about 3-6 feet tall and wide. Its leaves are oval-shaped, shiny and dark green, and they turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and purple in the fall. In late spring, the shrub produces clusters of small, white, five-petaled flowers that are a treat for the eyes. These flowers are followed by tiny red berries that persist into winter, providing food for birds and other wildlife.

One of the most attractive features of Cotoneaster dielsianus is its cascading habit. Its branches droop down, giving the plant an attractive, graceful appearance. The plant is also incredibly low maintenance, making it a great choice for busy gardeners. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils, and it is drought-resistant, so it is ideal for gardens with limited water resources.

Another benefit of Diel's Cotoneaster is that it is highly resistant to pests and diseases. This makes it a great choice for gardens that are plagued by problems like leaf spot, powdery mildew, or fire blight. The shrub is also deer-resistant, so it can be planted in areas where deer are a problem.

If you are looking for an attractive and low-maintenance shrub that will provide year-round interest, consider adding Diel's Cotoneaster to your garden. It is easy to grow, requires very little care, and will reward you with beautiful flowers, berries, and fall color. Whether you plant it as a specimen, in a border, or as a ground cover, it will quickly become a valuable addition to your garden.

In conclusion, Diel's Cotoneaster is a versatile and beautiful plant that will bring joy to any garden. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, this shrub is a great choice for you. So, if you are looking to add some color, texture, and interest to your garden, consider planting Diel's Cotoneaster today!

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