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Cotoneaster microphyllus - Wall. ex Lindl.
                 
Common Name
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Trailing on rocks or spreading on grassy hillsides, 1200 - 5400 metres[158]. Rocky slopes, rocky mountain areas, thickets and river valleysat elevations of 2000 - 4200 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Cotoneaster microphyllus


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Physical Characteristics
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Cotoneaster microphyllus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 2 m (6ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in leaf 12-Jan 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. 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

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[272]. It is sweet when fully ripe[158]. A watery flavour[272]. It is possibly edible[177]. The fruit is about 7mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent.

The stolons are said to be astringent[240].
Other Uses
Basketry;  Dye;  Incense;  Soil stabilization;  Wood.

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. The leaves are used for incense[272]. The plant has an extensive root system and a creeping habit above ground. It makes a good soil binder[272]. The sub-species C. microphyllus cochleatus can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[188, 208]. It forms a dense carpet of growth[208]. The branches are used for making baskets[146, 158, 272]. Wood - hard, close and even grained[146, 158]. Used for fuel[272].
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[184, 200]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named forms[202]. Most forms are quite slow-growing[200, 202]. It hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200] and often self-sows in British gardens[219]. A low-growing plant, the branches often root when they come into contact with the soil[219]. 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]. Plants 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].

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