Himalayan Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster simonsii


Himalayan Cotoneaster is a large, upright shrub with small, glossy oval or elliptic leaves and white flowers, followed by rather large, bright scarlet berries in autumn. As with most cotoneasters detailed examination is needed for a safe id.

Identification difficulty

Usually in parks and gardens or as an escape from cultivation.

When to see it

In flower during May, June and July.

Life History

Semi-evergreen perennial.

UK Status

Occasional but widespread, especially in the north and west of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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