Herb latin name: Cotoneaster franchetii


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Cotoneaster franchetii:

The fruit has a mild flavour though it is very mealy and full of seeds.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flowering:
May


Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets in rocky sunny mountain regions, open hillsides at elevations of 1600 - 2900 metres.

Other uses of Cotoneaster franchetii:

A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. The plant can be grown as an informal windbreak hedge in all but the most exposed situations. Tolerates trimming.

Propagation of the herb:

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 15C and then 3 months cold stratification at 4C. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15C 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 Cotoneaster franchetii:

Thickets in rocky sunny mountain regions, open hillsides at elevations of 1600 - 2900 metres.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Cotoneaster franchetii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.