Genus: Cotoneaster

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Last Modified 01/18/2012

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Cotoneaster Medik., Philos. Bot. 1: 154. 1789. Cotonea Raf., Fl. Tellur. 3: 5. 1837 (“1836”), nom. illeg. (Art. 52.1). Gymnopyrenum Dulac, Fl. Hautes-Pyrénées 316. 1867, nom. illeg. (Art. 52.1). TYPE: Cotoneaster integerrimus Medik.

Key to the species of Cotoneaster


List of Cotoneaster Species

General Discussion

This Eurasian genus is comprised of about 50 species, and many are utilized in landscaping. There are about a half-dozen reports of Cotoneaster purportedly escaping in our area; further research is needed to clarify the occurrence and distribution in the NY metropolitan area.

References to Cotoneaster

  • Fryer, J.; Hylmo, B. 2009. Cotoneasters. Timber Press, Portland, OR. , 344 pages. (ISBN 9780881929270)