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Moupin's Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster moupinensis

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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, 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, 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:
120 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, parks, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Incurved, erect, pink or red petals with a white border. 20 stamens. White anthers. Reflowers in September.
Purplish-black, shiny, globular berries, up to 1cm in diameter. 4 to 5 nutlets. The fruit ripens in September and October.
Broadly elliptical or ovate leaves, up to 13cm long and 5cm wide. The upper surfaces of the leaves are dark green and slightly wrinkled. The shaggy lower surfaces are bright green. Very rarely found in the wild in the UK.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Cotoneaster moupinensis is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, native to China. It is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of about 2-3 meters. The leaves are small and oval-shaped, and the flowers are white or pink, appearing in clusters in the spring. The plant is known for its attractive red berries, which appear in the fall and persist through the winter. It is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks, and is prized for its ability to attract birds. It is also used in landscaping and erosion control due to its ability to thrive in a variety of soil types and its ability to tolerate drought.


Maupin's Cotoneaster, also known as Cotoneaster moupinensis, is a small shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This species is native to western China and is named after the French botanist, Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau de Maupin. Maupin's Cotoneaster is known for its attractive, glossy leaves and delicate white flowers that bloom in the spring.

One of the unique features of Maupin's Cotoneaster is its dense, rounded form, which makes it an ideal choice for use as a low-growing hedge or as a border plant. Its glossy leaves are oval in shape and are a dark green color. In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red, adding an extra pop of color to the garden. The white flowers that bloom in the spring are small, but they are arranged in clusters, which makes them highly visible. The flowers are followed by bright red berries that persist through the winter, providing food for wildlife.

Maupin's Cotoneaster is a low-maintenance shrub that is easy to grow and care for. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. It is also relatively drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. The shrub is hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as -30°F, making it suitable for use in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8.

One of the benefits of growing Maupin's Cotoneaster is its ability to attract wildlife to the garden. The bright red berries are a favorite food of birds, such as robins and waxwings, and provide an important source of food during the winter months. The shrub is also a valuable habitat for other wildlife, including insects, spiders, and small mammals.

Maupin's Cotoneaster is a beautiful and versatile shrub that can be used in a variety of garden settings. Its dense, rounded form, glossy leaves, and delicate flowers make it a valuable addition to any garden. Whether you are looking for a low-growing hedge or a border plant, Maupin's Cotoneaster is sure to provide year-round interest and beauty to your landscape.

In terms of pruning, Maupin's Cotoneaster is very low-maintenance and requires very little intervention. It can be pruned to maintain its shape and size, but it is not necessary to do so on a regular basis. If you do need to prune, it is best to do so in late winter or early spring before the new growth begins. You can prune the shrub back by about one-third to encourage bushiness, or you can remove any dead, diseased, or damaged wood.

Another benefit of growing Maupin's Cotoneaster is its resistance to pests and diseases. This shrub is relatively trouble-free and does not often suffer from serious issues. However, it can be susceptible to fireblight, a bacterial disease that causes the leaves and shoots to blacken and die. If you notice any signs of fireblight, it is best to remove any infected wood and dispose of it to prevent the spread of the disease.

Maupin's Cotoneaster is also an excellent choice for use in rock gardens or as a groundcover. Its small size and spreading habit make it ideal for use in areas where space is limited, and it can be used to create a beautiful and natural-looking landscape. Whether planted on its own or in combination with other shrubs and perennials, Maupin's Cotoneaster is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden.

Maupin's Cotoneaster is a beautiful and easy-to-grow shrub that is sure to provide interest and beauty to your garden. With its glossy leaves, delicate flowers, and bright red berries, it is sure to be a valuable addition to any landscape. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, Maupin's Cotoneaster is a shrub that is well worth considering for your garden.

Another interesting aspect of Maupin's Cotoneaster is its versatility in terms of design and style. Whether you have a traditional, formal garden or a more natural and relaxed landscape, Maupin's Cotoneaster can easily be incorporated into your design. Its small size makes it a great option for small gardens or spaces, while its spreading habit makes it suitable for larger gardens or areas where you want to create a natural look.

Maupin's Cotoneaster is also a great option for urban gardens, as it is able to tolerate a variety of growing conditions and can adapt well to life in the city. With its low maintenance requirements, it is a great option for busy gardeners or those who don't have a lot of time to spend on garden maintenance.

In terms of landscape design, Maupin's Cotoneaster can be used in a variety of ways. As a border plant, it can be used to edge a garden bed or to create a defined boundary between different areas. As a groundcover, it can be used to cover large areas, or it can be used as a filler plant between other shrubs and perennials. When planted in masses, Maupin's Cotoneaster can also be used to create a low-growing, dense hedge that provides privacy and a natural barrier.

When it comes to planting Maupin's Cotoneaster, it is important to choose the right location. As mentioned earlier, the shrub prefers well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. It is also important to consider the size of the shrub when planting, as it will grow to be about 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. When planting, make sure to space the shrubs about 4 to 5 feet apart, as they will spread over time to fill in the area.

In conclusion, Maupin's Cotoneaster is a versatile, low-maintenance shrub that is well-suited to a variety of garden styles and design schemes. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, this species is sure to provide interest and beauty to your landscape. With its glossy leaves, delicate flowers, and bright red berries, Maupin's Cotoneaster is a shrub that is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden for years to come.

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