cotoneaster Rosaceae Cotoneaster spp.
Leaf:Alternate, deciduous, evergreen or semi-evergreen depending on the species, oval, ovate to lanceolate, 1 to 3 inches long, entire margins, shiny dark green above.
Flower:Small and somewhat inconspicuous, white, in bunches, appearing in late spring and summer.
Fruit:Small pome, 1/3 inch across, most species are red or orange in color, ripen in late summer and persist.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown to gray-brown, buds are small with only a few scales. Stiff side branches often create a characteristic herringbone pattern.
Bark:Smooth, but some species get a bit scaly and peel.
Form:Varies depending on species, some are upright shrubs with spreading branches and others are ground covers with arching stems.