A deciduous shrub up to 6 ft high, of a spreading graceful habit due to its long arching shoots which, when young, are downy, becoming glabrous and purplish later. Leaves ovate or oval, mostly pointed but sometimes blunt at the apex, mostly rounded at the base; I to 11⁄2 in. long, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 in. wide; glabrous and dark green above, greyish and thinly downy beneath; stalk 1⁄8 in. long. Flowers white, copiously produced in May on the upper side of the shoots in small clusters of six to twelve blossoms; flower-stalks 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, downy like the calyx. Fruit bright red, globose, 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 in. wide, containing two nutlets. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 245.
Native of Hupeh and Szechwan, China; first found by Henry, introduced by Wilson in 1907. A hardy cotoneaster, handsome in regard to both flower and fruit as well as growth. Altogether one of the best of the newer Chinese species. It belongs to the same group as C. frigidus and C. racemiflorus with spreading white petals and large red fruit, but is distinct from both in the shape and size of the leaves.