Cotoneaster lacteus W.W.Sm
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
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Dry shrubland, forest margins, wasteland in urban places.
Spreading evergreen shrub up to 3 m high. Young shoots buff tomentose and erect, later becoming glabrous, dark purplish and arching. Leaves up to 80m x 45 mm, slightly shining and with deeply impressed veins above, tomentose beneath, becoming less so with age. Flowers in clusters of 20-80, with spreading white petals. Fruit 5-8 mm diameter, glossy orange of scarlet red.
Generally similar to C. glaucophyllus but leaves with veins strongly impressed above. and more flowers in each cluster.
November, December, January
cotoneaster: From cotoneus an old Latin name for the quince, and possibly aster, corruption of adinstar ‘resembling’, i.e. quince-like
Reproduces from seed.
Many seeds are produced per fruit, but viability is unknown at this stage.
Seed is widely distributed by birds.
Tolerant of wet-dry.
References and further reading
Dickore WB, Kasperek G. 2010: Species of Cotoneaster (Rosaceae, Maloideae) indigenous to, naturalising or commonly cultivated in Central Europe. Willdenowia 40(2): 13-45.