Cotoneaster • Cotoneaster • ベニシタン • 紅紫檀 • beni-shitan
Our Plant Books lists it in areas M, N and O: ‘some on top of rock wall; some sculptured on rock wall’. I learned about it some years ago, from Bellevue Botanical Garden docents who came for their annual tour, like for the 20th time in a row, and I haplessly volunteered to guide them (before joining the plant committee I studiously avoided any ‘gardening’ groups, but they signed up as something else, like ‘friends of’ earth’ or similar).
Anyway, when it transpired that they all knew more about SJG plant than i did… Well, I decided i could learn from THEM, instead of vice versa, so I asked them to teach me… We had the most enjoyable walk, where they pointed and named many plants I never knew the names of. Cotoneaster was one of the wonders of nature I learned about that day. Thanks, BBG!
From wikipedia: Cotoneaster is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae, native to the Palaearctic region (temperate Asia, Europe, north Africa), with a strong concentration of diversity in the genus in the mountains of southwestern China and the Himalayas. They are related to hawthorns (Crataegus), firethorns (Pyracantha), photinias (Photinia) and rowans (Sorbus).
Depending on the species definition used, there are between 70 and 300 different species of Cotoneaster, with many apomictic microspecies treated as species by some authors, but only as varieties by others. […]
Cultivation and uses: Cotoneasters are very popular garden shrubs, grown for their attractive habit and decorative fruit. Many are cultivars, some of hybrid origin; of these, some are of known parentage, such as the very popular Cotoneaster × watereri Exell (Waterer’s Cotoneaster; C. frigidus × C. salicifolius), while others not. Many species have escaped from cultivation and become invasive weeds where climatic conditions are suitable for them, such as the many Chinese species naturalised in northwestern Europe. C. glaucophyllus has become an invasive weed in Australia and California. C. simonsii is listed on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord preventing its sale and distribution because of its invasiveness.
From The Garden Helper: Cotoneaster is an extremely diverse genus of attractive landscape plants that include creeping ground covers, dwarf sized bushes and tall sprawling shrubs. These deer resistant plants typically have small, pink or white flowers that resemble tiny, opening rose buds and attract Hummingbirds and Bees in the spring and early summer.
The flowers are followed by bright red or orange berries which feed the Birds in the fall and winter. There are about 200 different species of Cotoneaster. Most grow best in full sun, but several species will thrive in partial shade as well. They prefer moderately fertile, well-drained soil, but are adaptable to almost any type of soil from sandy to clay, as long as it is not remain too wet. […]