Cotoneaster

widgetwilk annwidgetwilk ann North NorfolkPosts: 195
Love the autumn look of this, loads of berries just waiting for the blackbirds to come.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,544
    Beautiful 😍  The cotoneasters are really putting on a show this year 😀
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee Bruges, BelgiumPosts: 792
    Really nice and lovely berries. 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,426
    People tend to dismiss them because they're easy to grow, and therefore there are lots around.  I think they're really beautiful!
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,241
    I agree. Like Pyracantha and sometimes Hawthorn fall in that category. They are often left alone once planted. This then creates a mass of growth with no structure or form. If grown imaginatively, they offer a lot of interest throughout the year.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    I agree. They're brilliant shrubs - pyracanthas too.
    The evergreen cotoneaster is sometimes planted as a free standing shrub, and it has a nice weeping habit if you look after it. There's one quite near me, and it's lovely.
    A house just along from me has a fence with cotoneaster on it. Most of the time it's quite ugly, but it's stunning just now as the whole thing is a mass of red berries.  :)

    The hawthorns were really well covered this year, so the cotoneasters are getting a chance to shine before the blackies and thrushes finish them off.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I've been thinking about taking mine out but right now it's making a strong case to stay with fabulous colour. 

    I'm also wondering if this unidentified shrub might be the evergreen form Fairygirl mentions. It's a bit shaggy right now but I've been pruning it into a cloud shape as it's quite dense. It was looking a lot better a couple of months ago!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    Yep - that's the one @Nicola149  :)

    The birds never eat the berries on it - so they look good all winter. There's a few round here that are grown as trees and  they look beautiful just now. 
    I just let mine ramble along the fence, and cut off any stems which make a bid for freedom. It provides a good backdrop for other planting. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    Thought I'd take a pic of my lacteus, since we were mentioning it  :)


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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