PlantsCotoneaster→Many-Flowered Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster multiflorus)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 8-15 feet
Plant Spread: 10-15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 41 degrees F for 60 days
Scarify seeds: in acid for 60 minutes
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

flowers and foliage

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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: May 1985flowers and foliage
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: September 1985shrub in fruit
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: September 1985full-grown shrub
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: May 1985close-up of flower clusters
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Oct 20, 2011 5:28 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 10, 2019 12:19 PM

This Many-flowered Cotoneaster from western China is a very large shrub and fast growing. It has large leaves for a cotoneaster to 2.5 inches long. The leaves are rounded and blue-green, and the fall color is not bright but just a yellowish green. It makes a good display of small white flowers in small clusters in May. It bears 1/3 inch long, red, rounded pome fruit in abundance in late Summer and early autumn. Our neighbours across the street had five shrubs planted along their west yard border by a landscape designer back in the 1960's and the birds must have brought over some seed that resulted in one huge specimen that grew up in our plant border area on the west side of the front yard in the late 1970's & 1980's. My parents had it taken out in the 1990's as it got so big. Some larger conventional nurseries carried some of this species in the Chicago area from the 1950's into the 1990's. Some golf courses and parks liked to use it as a tall shrub screen. I remember there were three shrubs near a sidewalk on the grounds of a large hospital not far west of Chicago in the 1990's. I only found it around infrequently. Most people did not know what it was. I don't know of it being offered in the Chicago area anymore.

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