Species

Cotoneaster perpusillus

Etymology

Cotoneaster: From cotoneus an old Latin name for the quince, and possibly aster, corruption of adinstar 'resembling', i.e. quince-like

Common Name(s)

Rockspray cotoneaster

Authority

Cotoneaster perpusillus (C.K. Schneid.) Flinck & Hylmö

Family

Rosaceae

Brief Description

Decumbent to appressed shrub, dense branching in herring-bone pattern; leaves slightly folded, apiculate.

Synonyms

Cotoneaster horizontalis var. perpusillus C.K. Schneid.

Distribution

Casual, with a few scattered records from probably abandoned garden sites.

Habitat

Needs very good drainage; drought resistant once established.

Similar Taxa

Compared with C. horizontalis (subsp. horizontalis), C. perpusillus has more of a herringbone look from its dense regular pinnate branching; leaves slightly folded (C. horizontalis leaves tend to be flatter); leaves apiculate cf. C. horizontalis in which the leaf tips are rounded.

Flower Colours

Red / Pink

Fruiting

Can be prolific; scarlet

Year Naturalised

1984, CHR 481276

Reason for Introduction

Ornamental

This page last updated on 26 Sep 2016