Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia'

Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia'

Cotoneaster

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia'
  • Common name: Cotoneaster
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 6m

Spread: 4.5m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers, Fruit

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Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' is one of the largest cotoneasters, often forming an enormous bushy shrub but it can easily be trained into a standard to make a handsome tree with graceful branches that bend beneath the weight of fruit. Flowering is spectacular, the white open booms clustered densely in flattened heads, while the berries which follow are among the largest in the genus, pea-size and a conspicuous shade of vivid red in autumn and all winter. The flowers are a magnet for bees and the berries are eaten by birds. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Many species of cotoneaster are highly invasive and some are now listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales, banned from sale in garden centres. Cotoneaster frigidus is not on the banned list but if you live in a rural area where the plant could escape from your garden (such as if a bird eats the berries and distributes the seed) it's advisable to choose an alternative plant, such as hawthorn, which is native to Britain and not invasive.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Prune
Prune
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Collect seed
Collect seed
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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