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Cotoneaster franchetii - Boiss.
Common Name Orange cotoneaster
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Thickets in rocky sunny mountain regions, open hillsides at elevations of 1600 - 2900 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - W. China to Tibet.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun


Cotoneaster franchetii Orange cotoneaster

Cotoneaster franchetii Orange cotoneaster
Physical Characteristics
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Cotoneaster franchetii is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, midges.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.


Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Hedge;
Edible Uses
The fruit has a mild flavour though it is very mealy and full of seeds[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye;  Hedge;  Hedge.

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit[168]. The plant can be grown as an informal windbreak hedge in all but the most exposed situations[29, 75, 200]. Tolerates trimming[75].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it prefers a good soil but also does well in poor soils[1, 11, 200]. It thrives in lime and is also happy in peaty soils[1]. It succeeds in any soil that is not marshy or waterlogged[11, 200]. Succeeds in dry soils[188]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade but does not fruit so freely in a shady position[11, 200]. Plants also succeed in deep shade[219]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[200]. Fairly tolerant of maritime exposure[75, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[184]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. The flowers, when inhaled near to, have an unpleasant smell like decaying fish[245]. They are very attractive to bees whilst the fruit is a good winter food source for many species of birds[200]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Seed. Members of this genus hybridize freely so, if you require seed that breeds true, it is important to obtain it from a known wild source or from a controlled fertilization of garden plants. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it will usually germinate in the spring[11, 200]. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°c and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°c[164]. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°c but it can take 2 years[164]. Pot the seedlings up as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into nursery beds or into their permanent positions when they are more than 10cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame[11, 200].
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