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04/02/2014 at 10:10


 Is this a cotoneaster, possibly Cornubia? I saw it in someone's garden in December (E.Midlands), hence the 'distant' photo. There was no-one in so I couldn't ask (I did try!)

The leaves seem quite slender and fairly glossy green with no hint of autumn colour, probably evergreen, the rich red berries hang in bunches.

 Can anyone positively identify it, and can you get it in bush form rather than tree form.?

04/02/2014 at 10:13

It looks like it compared to other pics on google

04/02/2014 at 10:15
Looks more like a Pyracantha to me.
04/02/2014 at 10:20

Don't think it is Cotoneaster, or not one I have seen, and not Pyracantha. Leaves look more like a Hebe to me.

04/02/2014 at 10:46
It is Pyracantha
04/02/2014 at 10:49

I think it Pyracantha coccinea, but it's hard to tell from photo. The leaves are glossier and slightly less reined than cotoneaster sp. with similar shaped leaves.

04/02/2014 at 11:03

It's not a cotoneaster.

Put your hand in the bush, if it comes out scratched and bleeding it's a pyracantha

04/02/2014 at 12:43

It's pyracantha, look for spines on the stems, cotoneaster doesn't have spines.

04/02/2014 at 14:29

Only difficulty with the spines test's in someone else's garden!

Next time I see it, I'll try again to contact the house owners. It does look rather more like the pyracantha than a cotoneaster from the leaf, but I couldn't actually see any spines.

Thanks everyone.

04/02/2014 at 15:57

Definitely more like a pyracantha, did look closely to see if I could see any spines but couldn't, maybe because it still had good foliage cover.

04/02/2014 at 16:27


We have a pyracantha growing up the front of the house.

Picture attached for comparison.


04/02/2014 at 19:32


04/02/2014 at 19:42

sorry Jess

04/02/2014 at 19:48

I'm wrong as well  

04/02/2014 at 19:57
Apology accepted...
04/02/2014 at 20:10

Years ago when I first started gardening my neighbour had a new plant in her garden and didn't know it's name. I very proudly told her it's name and for years she had a Cotton Eater....

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