14 Jan Cotoneaster
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.