E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Cotoneaster simonsii Baker
Himalayan cotoneaster (Simons' cotoneaster)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #6001)

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Species Information

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Medium to tall shrub, ascending to erect, 1-4 m tall; twigs appressed-hairy.
Alternate, deciduous or semi-evergreen, somewhat leathery, egg-shaped to broadly elliptic, 2-3 cm long, entire, pointed at the tip, dark green and nearly smooth above, paler and sparsely hairy below; stalks 2-4 mm long.
Inflorescences short, small, axillary clusters of 2 to 4 short-stalked flowers; corollas white with red markings or pinkish, the petals 5, erect; calyces appressed-hairy, the 5 lobes triangular; ovaries inferior; stamens about 20.
Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), egg-shaped, about 8 mm long, orange-red; stones (nutlets) 2 to 5.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist edges of forests and disturbed places in the lowland zone; rare on the lower mainland; introduced from Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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