It takes something for us to collect a Cotoneaster but no hesitation as this has that little, or in this case, that big somethin' somethin'. The awesome deciduous bullate leaves turn red in fall and are very large for bullatus. Compound umbels of white flowers turn to deep scarlet fruit which can exceed 30 in number and persist all winter here. A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.
A collection from the Cangshan of this ornamental species by intrepid plant hunter Steve Hootman of the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden. For a Cotoneaster to steal Steve's attention away from Rhododendrons in the field, you know it must be good. Short upright 3' branches with large red fruit and glossy dark green leaves,
Our collection from Asia of this low growing - prostrate actually - creeping Cotoneaster. It is one we admired as it crept over a rock face along the trail and we kept going, not intending to collect seed. Looking back, we saw our friend and great plantsman Peter Cox collecting seed so we scampered back to do the same. Found in the range of C. dammeri but there are 111 species in China alone.
A deciduous shrubby Cotoneaster collected in Asia by Arlen Hill who owns one of our favorite nurseries, Keeping It Green. This was a scrambler on a rocky cliff but will be a small shrub in the garden. Such a varied genus from groundcover to small trees with the shared attributes of pollinator-irresistible white flowers and red fruit for fall and early winter interest. Someday in our dotage when discretionary time is abundant and we tire of whittling to fill the hours, we will fire up Flora of China online and puzzle through the key to a proper identity for this species.
Our 1997 collection from Yunnan of this Cotoneaster species which caught our eye then and continues to catch our eye. In the wild, it looked especially appealing with its bright red fruits and sporadic crimson leaves contrasting with the white marble rubble which had spalled from the cliff above. Marble is not required.
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