West Highland Flora

Entire-leaved Cotoneaster


Cotoneaster integrifolius

Formerly called Cotoneaster microphyllus by most British botanists (including this site!), but that name belongs to a different species.

Cotoneaster integrifolius

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Feb 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Not native to Britain but often bird-sown.  Occasional on cliffs and rocky slopes, usually near the sea.  An invasive pest species in some places, obliterating the native flora of a rock outcrop.

Flower diameter c 10-12 mm.  Fruit c 6-10 mm long.  Leaves 7-15 mm long.

ID: Leaves more than twice as long as broad, less than 15 mm long and broadest above the middle.

Other features: Low shrub, carpeting in exposed situations, a bit more bushy in sheltered places, but not at all tree-like, nor having all the branches in the same plane like C horizontalis (a common garden species which has leaves broadest in middle and also occurs as an escape).  Fruit in pic on left is not in good condition! - hope to get better one soon.

 

Cotoneaster integrifolius

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye
Flower 14 mm diameter

 

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