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Welsh Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster cambricus

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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, 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 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:
90 centimetres tall
Rocky places, scrub.

Pink, 5 petals
Pale pink or whitish flowers, up to 7mm across.
A red, globular fruit, measuring a maximum of 11mm in diameter. The fruit contains 2 or 3 seeds.
Our only Cotoneaster that is endemic to the British Isles. It has roundish, pointed leaves that are downy beneath and matt above. The leaves measure up to 4cm in length. The young twigs are downy. Very rare and critically endangered.
Other Names:
Great Orme Berry, Wild Cotoneaster.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Cotoneaster cambricus is a species of flowering shrub in the rose family, native to central and western Europe. It is a low-growing evergreen shrub, with a dense, spreading habit, growing up to 90 cm (3 ft) tall. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate, about 1 cm (0.4 in) long, glossy dark green above and paler beneath, with small toothed margins. Small white flowers are borne in spring and early summer, followed by red, oval-shaped fruits in autumn. This species is valuable for its attractive foliage and for providing winter food for wildlife. It is suitable for use in rock gardens, as a groundcover, or for informal hedges.


Cotoneaster cambricus, also known as the Welsh cotoneaster, is a beautiful and versatile shrub that is perfect for gardeners who want to add a touch of nature to their outdoor spaces. This species of cotoneaster is native to Wales and parts of western England and has been widely cultivated for its attractive foliage and showy berries.

One of the key features of the Welsh cotoneaster is its shiny green leaves that are oval in shape and grow to be about 1 inch long. These leaves provide a lush and dense canopy that provides excellent cover for wildlife and also help to reduce erosion in areas that are prone to it.

In late spring, the Welsh cotoneaster produces small white flowers that are arranged in clusters along the branches. These flowers are incredibly fragrant and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which is great news for gardeners who are interested in creating a wildlife-friendly garden.

One of the best things about the Welsh cotoneaster is its incredible berry production. As the summer transitions into autumn, the shrub will produce clusters of bright red berries that provide a stunning contrast to the green leaves. These berries are not only visually striking but are also an important food source for birds and other wildlife.

The Welsh cotoneaster is a hardy shrub that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. It is adaptable to both full sun and partial shade and can thrive in a variety of soils, including heavy clay and sandy soils. Additionally, it is relatively low-maintenance and does not require much pruning or special care to thrive.

In terms of its use in the garden, the Welsh cotoneaster can be planted as a specimen plant, used in mass plantings, or as a border shrub. It is also ideal for planting in rock gardens, along walls and fences, and in woodland gardens.

The Welsh cotoneaster is a fantastic choice for gardeners who are looking for a versatile and attractive shrub that is low-maintenance and easy to grow. With its shiny green leaves, fragrant flowers, and stunning red berries, this shrub is sure to be a highlight in any garden.

In addition to its ornamental value, the Welsh cotoneaster is also a valuable plant for landscapers and garden designers. Its dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal plant for stabilizing slopes, preventing soil erosion, and creating attractive ground cover. In coastal areas, it can be used as a windbreak or planted on dunes to help control sand drift.

Another benefit of the Welsh cotoneaster is its resistance to pests and diseases. This shrub is relatively free from the major diseases that affect other cotoneaster species and is generally not affected by pests such as scale insects and spider mites. This makes it an ideal choice for gardeners who want to create a low-maintenance and sustainable landscape.

In terms of propagation, the Welsh cotoneaster can be propagated from seed or by taking semi-hardwood cuttings in the summer. It is also possible to propagate it by layering, which is a simple and effective way to create new plants.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the Welsh cotoneaster is a great choice for gardeners who are looking for a plant that is suitable for hedging. This shrub can be trimmed to create a formal hedge or left to grow naturally for a more informal look. Its dense habit and attractive foliage make it an ideal choice for a variety of garden styles, from cottage gardens to modern urban landscapes.

The Welsh cotoneaster is a valuable and attractive plant for gardeners and landscapers alike. With its attractive foliage, showy berries, and low-maintenance habit, this shrub is a great choice for anyone who wants to add a touch of nature to their outdoor space. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, the Welsh cotoneaster is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden.

Another aspect to consider when growing Welsh cotoneaster is its ecological importance. This shrub provides crucial habitats and food sources for various wildlife species, such as birds, insects, and small mammals. Its flowers attract pollinators and provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other insects. The ripe red berries, in turn, provide food for birds during the winter months when other food sources may be scarce.

In addition to its ecological benefits, the Welsh cotoneaster is also an ideal choice for gardeners who are interested in sustainable and eco-friendly gardening practices. This shrub is easy to grow and requires minimal inputs, such as fertilizers and pesticides, making it an ideal choice for those who want to reduce their environmental impact.

In terms of landscape design, the Welsh cotoneaster can be used in a variety of ways. Its dense habit makes it an ideal choice for low-maintenance ground cover, while its spreading habit can be used to create attractive mounds or hillsides. When used in mass plantings, the Welsh cotoneaster can create a striking visual impact and add a touch of green to any garden or landscape.

In conclusion, the Welsh cotoneaster is a highly versatile and attractive shrub that provides a range of benefits to gardeners and the environment. Whether you are interested in adding a touch of nature to your outdoor space, supporting wildlife, or practicing sustainable gardening, this shrub is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden.

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