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Ampfield Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster ampfelii

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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, 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, 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:
4 metres tall

White, 5 petals
Off-white coloured flowers.
Shiny, purplish-black berries with 2 nutlets (and very rarely 3). Fruits ripen in September.
Large reddish-brown leaves turning light green. 5 to 7 impressed leaf veins. Slightly wrinkled and shiny. Ampfield Cotoneaster is very rarely found growing in the wild in the UK.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Cotoneaster ampfelii is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, native to China. It is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 3 meters in height, with a dense, upright habit. The leaves are oval in shape, with a glossy green upper surface and a lighter green lower surface. The flowers are small and white, and are followed by small, red berries that are attractive to birds. This plant is commonly grown as an ornamental shrub for its attractive flowers and berries, and is also used for erosion control on slopes and embankments. It is generally easy to care for, and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.


Ampfield Cotoneaster, also known as Cotoneaster ampfelii, is a species of flowering shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This species is native to the mountain regions of Central and Western China, and it is known for its attractive foliage and showy flowers. In this blog post, we will explore the key features, growth habit, and cultural requirements of Ampfield Cotoneaster.

Key Features of Ampfield Cotoneaster:

  • Leaves: The leaves of Ampfield Cotoneaster are oval-shaped and have a glossy green appearance. They grow to about 1 inch in length and 0.5 inches in width.

  • Flowers: This species produces clusters of small, white, five-petaled flowers that bloom in the spring.

  • Fruits: The fruits of Ampfield Cotoneaster are small, round, and bright red. They are attractive to birds and provide food for wildlife.

  • Growth Habit: Ampfield Cotoneaster is a slow-growing shrub that can reach a height of 6-8 feet and a width of 4-6 feet. It has an upright, spreading growth habit and a dense, rounded form.

  • Bark: The bark of Ampfield Cotoneaster is smooth and gray, and it becomes slightly fissured with age.

Cultural Requirements of Ampfield Cotoneaster:

  • Light: This species prefers full sun to partial shade and does best in bright, well-lit areas.

  • Soil: Ampfield Cotoneaster is adaptable to a wide range of soils, but it prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH.

  • Water: This species is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering once established.

  • Fertilizer: Ampfield Cotoneaster does not require frequent fertilization, but a light application of balanced fertilizer in the spring can encourage healthy growth.

  • Pruning: Pruning is not necessary for Ampfield Cotoneaster, but it can be trimmed to control its size and shape if desired.

Ampfield Cotoneaster is a beautiful and low-maintenance shrub that is well-suited for gardens, landscapes, and wildlife habitats. Its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and colorful fruits make it a standout in any setting. Whether you are looking to add some interest to your yard or simply enjoy the beauty of nature, Ampfield Cotoneaster is a great choice.

In addition to its ornamental qualities, Ampfield Cotoneaster is also a hardy and disease-resistant plant that is relatively easy to care for. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal pruning and can withstand a variety of environmental conditions. For example, it is tolerant of air pollution, salt spray, and soil compaction, making it an ideal choice for urban and coastal gardens.

Another benefit of Ampfield Cotoneaster is its versatility in the landscape. It can be used as a specimen plant, a low-growing hedge, or as a foundation planting. It can also be used in mixed borders, rock gardens, and naturalized areas. The compact size of this species makes it well-suited for small gardens and containers, while its bright red fruits provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife.

When planting Ampfield Cotoneaster, it is important to choose a site that provides adequate sunlight and well-drained soil. This species is not particularly fussy about soil type, but it prefers a slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. It is also important to water the plant regularly during its first growing season to help establish a deep and healthy root system.

Ampfield Cotoneaster is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited for gardens of all sizes. Its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and colorful fruits make it a standout in any setting, while its low-maintenance requirements and tolerance of a variety of environmental conditions make it an ideal choice for gardeners of all levels. So, whether you are looking to add some interest to your yard or simply enjoy the beauty of nature, Ampfield Cotoneaster is a great choice that is sure to delight for years to come.

Another aspect of Ampfield Cotoneaster that makes it such a valuable addition to any garden is its ability to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The small, white, five-petaled flowers of this species are an important source of nectar for these beneficial insects, helping to support local ecosystems and maintain biodiversity.

In addition to its ornamental qualities and ecological benefits, Ampfield Cotoneaster is also a resilient plant that is capable of surviving in tough conditions. For example, it is resistant to many common pests and diseases, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who want a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal attention.

When it comes to pruning, Ampfield Cotoneaster is a relatively low-maintenance plant that does not require frequent pruning. However, it can be trimmed to control its size and shape if desired. It is best to prune this species in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Pruning should be minimal, as over-pruning can damage the plant and reduce its ability to produce flowers and fruit.

Finally, it is important to note that Ampfield Cotoneaster is not invasive, and it will not spread out of control like some other species. This makes it an ideal choice for gardeners who are looking for a plant that will not take over their yard or invade neighboring areas.

In conclusion, Ampfield Cotoneaster is a beautiful and versatile plant that offers a wide range of benefits to gardeners and wildlife alike. Its attractive foliage, showy flowers, colorful fruits, and low-maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for gardens of all sizes, while its ecological benefits and resilience make it a valuable addition to any landscape. So, if you are looking for a plant that is easy to care for, offers a wealth of ornamental and ecological benefits, and will bring joy to your garden for years to come, Ampfield Cotoneaster is the perfect choice!