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Cotoneaster foveolatus Rehd. & Wils.

Modern name

Cotoneaster foveolatus Rehder & E.H.Wilson

A deciduous shrub 10 to 12 ft high; young shoots covered with yellowish grey, bristly hairs, becoming glabrous and greyish the second year. Leaves oval to ovate, slender-pointed, usually wedge-shaped (sometimes rounded) at the base; 112 to 4 in. long, 34 to 134 in. wide; dull green and soon glabrous above, sparsely hairy beneath, more so on the midrib and veins; margins downy; veins in three to six pairs, the blade often puckered between them; stalk woolly, 16 in. or less in length. Corymbs three- to seven-flowered, on a stalk about 12 in. long, and hairy like the young wood; flowers 13 in. wide; petals rose-tinted white; calyx tube woolly, the lobes triangular and woolly only on the margins. Fruit red, finally black, roundish, 14 to 13 in. wide, carrying usually three or four nutlets.

Native of W. Hupeh, China; introduced by Wilson in 1908. The foliage turns to bright scarlet and orange in autumn. The allied C. moupinensis (q.v.) also bears black fruits, but its inflorescences are many-flowered and its leaves have a strongly impressed venation.



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