Cotoneaster x watereriThis is a wonderfully dense and eye catching large shrub / tree with long arching branches of matt mid-green leaves with white flowers and masses of red berries throughout Autumn and Winter. When I drive past a particulary eye catching roundabout close to where I live, I am always struck by the presence of the colour red against the mid-green flora and grey tinted winter sky. The roundabout has been cut to resemble a tiered cake or a hat box, well to my eye, but even though the plants are so uniformly clipped the berries sing out against their proximity and provide such triumphant colour to me and I hope to everyone who observes them.

Plant details:

Botanical name: Cotoneaster x watereri

Other names: Cotoneaster watereri, Cotoneaster

Genus: Cotoneaster

Species: C. x watereri – C. x watereri is an evergreen, large shrub or small tree with arching branches. It has large, matt mid-green foliage and red berries in Autumn / Winter.

Cotoneaster x watereri is: Evergreen

Flower: White in Summer

Foliage: Green in All seasons

Fruit: Red in Autumn

Habit: Spreading, Arching

Toxicity: Fruit can cause stomach upset if eaten.

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