Cotoneaster horizontalis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Cotoneaster
C. horizontalis
Binomial name
Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cotoneaster of the family Rosaceae.


Cotoneaster horizontalis is a short shrub with a spreading habit, growing to 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) tall by 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) wide. It is cultivated for its flat, symmetrical sprays of glossy green, deciduous leaves 6 to 12 mm long[1] and masses of bright red berries (pomes) in autumn, persisting into winter. The flowers appear in summer, and can range from pink to white. It is commonly grown in parks and gardens in temperate regions as hedging or groundcover.[2]



Cotoneaster horizontalis is native to mountains of Nepal, China, and Taiwan; in China it occurs from Tibet and Yunnan in the west to Jiangsu and Zhejiang in the east and is absent from the north and the very south.[3] It has naturalised in parts of the United Kingdom, and may be becoming invasive.[4][5] It has been recorded from Counties Down, Antrim [6]and Dublin in Ireland.[7]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[8]


  1. ^ Parnell, J. and Curtis, T. 2012. Webb's An In Irish Flora. Cork University PressISBN 978 185918 4783
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "Cotoneaster horizontalis". Flora of China. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  4. ^ BSBI Map
  5. ^ Cotoneaster horizontalis (Wall Cotoneaster). Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora. 1973. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  6. ^ Hackney, P. (Ed) 1992. Stewart & Corry's Flora of the North-east of Ireland. Institute of Irish Studies & The Queen's University of Belfast ISBN 0 85389 446 9
  7. ^ Dhuill,E. and Smyth, N. 2021. Invasive non-native and alien garden escape plant species on the southern cliffs of Howth Head, Co.Dublin (H21) Irish Naturalists' Journal 37(2) 102 - 108
  8. ^ "Cotoneaster horizontalis". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved May 31, 2008.

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