A large white flowering shrub that needs lots of space. Can grow into a very large shrub.
prefers sunny, some shade
Soil & Site
average to well drained
1/2" white flowers, in corymbs, bore upright
red berry-like drupe
simple, alternate, gray-green, little if any fall color
A large shrub reaching greater than 12 feet in height and spread. Forms a large mounding plant with weeping or cascading branches.
Introduced in 1837 in England.
The name for the genus is derived from the Latin words 'cotone', an old name for the quince plant, and the suffix 'aster' means "resembling" (#156).
I have seen very large Cotoneaster multiflous plants. Very impressive if give space. At the Boerner Botanic Gardens, one is planted behind a wall that was dug into a hillside. The plant cascade over the front of the fall. In bloom it is a stunning display of white flowers followed by red fruit.
Notes & Reference
#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #156-San Marcos Growers web site (www.smgrowers.com), , 173-Cotoneaster (Jeanette Fryer, Bertil Hylmo)