At least nine species of Cotoneaster have naturalised in Australia. There are numerous native alternatives available which will attract birds to the garden
- Family Malaceae (often included in Rosaceae)
- Origin China, Asia
- Habit Evergreen shrub or small tree to 4 m high usually with arching branches.
- Leaves Varying with species but, usually elliptic to ovate 1.5–4 cm wide, green above paler or silvery below. Young growth often woolly.
- Flowers White clusters. Each flower about 8 mm wide, 5-petalled. Flower stalk densely hairy. Spring and summer.
- Fruit Red fleshy fruit (pome) 6–10 mm long, almost globe-shaped. Containing 2 yellowish, flattened seeds.
- Roots Substantial woody tap and latteral root system.
- Dispersal Seed spread by water, animals (mainly birds), humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping. The main problem is that people plant Cotoneaster to attract birds to the garden.
- Control Hand pull/dig juvenile plants. Cut and Paint or Scrape and Paint mature plants.
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