Cotoneaster lacteus


Common Name: Late Cotoneaster



Rosaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Few flowers are so persistently visited for their nectar as Cotoneasters and this one in particular is frequently visited by all bees, short and long-tongued Bumblebees especially Bombus pratorum, Bombus lapidaries, Bombus terrestris, Bombus lucorum, also Honey bees, Solitary bees, and Mining bees Andrena species. Even in the middle of nectar flow from Lime trees Cotoneasters like these have been observed covered with Honey bees suggesting copious and intensely attractive nectar.
Flowering time: June, July, August.
Growing information: EVERGREEN shrub or small tree growing to 4m (13feet) tall and wide (though can be trained to grow more or less as a standard tree with a little attitude, or even a hedge) Native to Yunnan province of China, the white summer flowers are followed by masses of small red berries which can persist into winter. The oval leaves are pale and hairy on the underside. Suits any aspect, in well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade.