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Cotoneaster racemiflorus - (Desf.)Booth. ex Bosse.
                 
Common Name Black-Wood, Cotoneaster
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shrubby thickets on stony slopes[74]. To elevations of 2400 metres in Kashmir[145].
Range N. Africa to W. and C. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Cotoneaster racemiflorus Black-Wood, Cotoneaster


Cotoneaster racemiflorus Black-Wood, Cotoneaster
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cotoneaster racemiflorus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.4 m (7ft 10in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to June. 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 semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms
C. fontanesii. C. nummularia. Mespilus racemiflora.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Manna.
Edible Uses:

Yields a manna-like substance called shir-khist, it is rich in sugars[46, 61, 183]. It contains about 13% sacchrose, 37.5% dextrose[105, 183]. No details of which part of the plant yields the manna, it is most likely to be the stem.
Medicinal Uses


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Aperient;  Expectorant;  Stomachic.

The plant is aperient, expectorant and stomachic[240].
Other Uses
Basketry;  Dye;  Wood.

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit[168]. The wood is used in basket making.
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]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[200]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. There are several sub-species[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].
Propagation
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]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel, November in a frame.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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