Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cotoneaster, a small genus of shrubs and small trees belonging to the order Rosaceae and natives of the northern hemisphere. They have small, simple, entire, leathery leaves, sometimes evergreen, with deciduous stipules; small white or pink flowers; and a small, scarlet, or less commonly black, pomaceous fruit with a bony core of from two to five carpels which partly project at its apex. One species, C. vulgaris, grows wild on the limestone cliffs of Great Orme's Head, Carnarvonshire, and several others are cultivated, especially for their ornamental clusters of scarlet fruits which remain long on the bush.