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Hollyberry Cotoneaster

Scientific name: Cotoneaster bullatus

Type:Deciduous shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 9
Plant Characteristics
Height:12 ft
Width:10 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:May to June
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description This cotoneaster species is known for its large size and abundant autumn red berries which are especially attractive to song birds.

This is a deciduous shrub that can grow to a height of 12’ and almost as wide in loose spreading fashion. The limbs bear dark 1”-2” long, dark green oval leaves which are arranged in a simple, alternative fashion. The leaves are heavily veined thus distinguishing this species from other cotoneasters.

In the late spring small white flowers appear which butterflies are attracted to for the nectar. As the flowers fade berries form during the summer. In the fall these globe shaped, quarter inch red berries provide nourishment for the birds, but should not be consumed by people as they can cause stomach upset and mouth and throat pain. Each fruit contains 4-5 seeds which can be used to start new plants.

Best grown in partial sun. This species can tolerate a wide range of site and soil types.

Aphids find the large succulent leaves attractive.
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