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Cotoneaster frigidus

Observed: 20th October 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
1210 Cotoneaster frigidus
1210 Cotoneaster frigidus 2
1210 Cotoneaster frigidus 3

Small tree, airy branch structure, weighed down with pendulous red berries at this time of year (Autumn).

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Species with which Cotoneaster frigidus interacts


spins's picture

indeed, could well be C. x

indeed, could well be C. x watereri. Apparently C. frigidus is very rare in cultivation

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Errr. I don't think so...

... rare, that is: it's an RHS AGM plant, therefore widely available.

But if you think it's a different plant, do please put up a second ID with your reasons.

Just because I am as sure as I can be, does not mean I am necessarily correct!

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lavateraguy's picture

The AGM plant ...

... is Cotoneaster 'Cornubia', and there seems to be some doubt as to whether this is Cotoneaster frigidus or Cotoneaster x watereri (but the RHS plump for frigidus).

In my experience Cotoneaster x watereri is much commoner than Cotoneaster frigidus (and usually looks more like salicifolius than frigidus).

spins's picture


There are many things to consider. First of all: lots of Cotoneasters are sold under the wrong name. Second: C x watereri is a very variable hybrid that sits in a somewhat continuous band between both parents. According to Stace's new flora leaf veins are not impressed, ergo flat leafs, in C. frigidus, which obviously is not the case in your specimen. Here some additional reading from a very well-informed source http://alienplantsbelgium.be/content/cotoneaster-x-watereri

Cheers, spins.