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Cotoneaster salicifolius Exburiensis

Cotoneaster tree

Clusters of attractive berries in autumn and winter

Large shrub, or small ornamental tree with a bushy arching shape. The dark green leaves, held all year are a perfect background for the clusters of white flowers in early summer that develop into long lasting apricot-yellow berries by autumn, tinged with pink as winter approaches. A great plant for a wildlife garden and birds will be attracted to the fruits.


a sheltered location in sun or partial shade. Also good for coastal sites.


Prefers a well-drained soil. Easy to grow, just lightly prune to shape if necessary.

Raised from a seedling at Exbury Gardens, Hampshire in the 1930s

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September