Cotoneaster Horizontalis or Rock Cotoneaster
The generic name is derived from the Latin word cotonea meaning quince and could be translated as ‘false quince’. Cotoneasters are mostly shrubs distributed throughout the temperate regions of Europe, North Africa and Asia (except Japan); they are Old World shrubs for they are not native to America and Australia. The genus contains some 45 species. Rock cotoneaster is a low, spreading, deciduous shrub, its branches growing horizontally close to the ground. The leaves are dark green above and very glossy. The, appearing in May, are small, pale salmon pink and practically stalkless. The fruits are round, coral-red pomes which remain on the shrub until late winter.
Rock cotoneaster is propagated by means of seed which should be stored for the winter at a temperature of about 8° C (47° F), stratified in spring and sown in the autumn. It can also be propagated by means of hall-ripe cuttings. It requires light, aeratedwhich can be dry and stony, and it likes a sunny situation but will tolerate slight shade. In damp and nourishing soils and shady locations it does not flower so profusely and has few fruits, which are its most attractive feature. It is excellent for rock gardens, slopes, against walls and cascading over , and should be planted in groups so that it forms a compact ground cover. Like all cotoneasters it is visited by bees.