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Cotoneaster dielsianus Pritz.

Modern name

Cotoneaster dielsianus E.Pritz.


C. applanatus Duthie

A deciduous shrub 6 ft, perhaps more, high, with long, extremely slender, arching or quite pendulous branches; branchlets downy when young. Leaves 12 to 112 in. long, 38 to 1 in. wide, ovate; hairy above when young, covered beneath with felt, at first white afterwards pale brown; veins prominent. Flowers pinkish, three to seven in a cluster, terminating side shoots 1 in. or so long; calyx and flower-stalk hairy, calyx lobes shallowly triangular. Fruit scarlet, round or rather pear-shaped, 14 in. long; nutlets three or four.

Native of Central China; introduced for Messrs Veitch by Wilson in 1900. It flowers in June, and the fruit is in full colour in September and October; it is then one of the most effective of cotoneasters. The habit is singularly graceful, the long whip-like shoots spreading outwards and downwards in every direction. Duthie’s name C. applanatus refers to the distichous arrangement of the branches of young plants, which gives them the appearance of a wall-trained tree.

var. elegans Rehd. & Wils. C. elegans (Rehd. & Wils.) Flinck & Hylmö – Leaves thinner but more persistent than in the type and somewhat longer (to 35 in. long); fruits pendulous, orange-red. Introduced by Wilson from W. Szechwan in 1908.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

This species is one of the best cotoneasters for autumn colour, as well as for its fruits.



Other species in the genus