Herb: Spreading Cotoneaster
Latin name: Cotoneaster divaricatus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Description of the plant:
(6 1/2 foot)
Habitat of Spreading Cotoneaster:Rocky slopes, gullies, forests, shrubwoods and thickets at elevations of 1600 - 3400 metres.
Other uses of the herb:A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. Plants are often used in informal hedging.
Propagation of Spreading Cotoneaster: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. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°C and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°C. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°C but it can take 2 years. 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.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocky slopes, gullies, forests, shrubwoods and thickets at elevations of 1600 - 3400 metres.
Medicinal use of Spreading Cotoneaster:None known
Known hazards of Cotoneaster divaricatus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.