Cotoneaster lucidus

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Cotoneaster lucidus
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foliage & blossoms, growing in Iceland
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Cotoneaster
Species: C. lucidus
Binomial name
Cotoneaster lucidus
Schltdl.
Synonyms

Cotoneaster acutifolius var. lucidus (Schltdl.) L.T.Lu[1]

Cotoneaster lucidus, the shiny cotoneaster,[2][3] or hedge cotoneaster, is a deciduous, medium-sized shrub with long, spreading branches reaching heights (and breadths) of 6' to 10'. It is native to parts of northern Asia, and adapted to tolerate colder weather (to zone 4).[4] C. lucidus was described in 1856 by Diederich Franz Leonhard von Schlechtendal.

Identification[edit]

Leaves and branches[edit]

The leaves of Cotoneaster lucidus are dark green (changing yellow to red in autumn), simple, ovate, about 1" to 2.5" long and up to 1" wide, having pubescence on their undersides and growing in an alternate pattern along its stems. Branches are prune-tolerant.[4]

Flowers[edit]

Flowers are a pale-pink, small and clustered blooming in early June. Flower buds are imbricate, appressed with loose exposed outer scales.[4]

Fruit[edit]

C lucidus grows an attractive, blackish pome fruit, about half an inch in diameter which ripens between September and October.[4]

Bark[edit]

The bark is tan in color, with lenticels on slender stems which have a pattern resembling fishbone.[4]

Roots[edit]

Despite its sparse root system, Cotoneaster lucidus holds up well in persistent winds thus making it a good hedging plant. It grows particularly well in well-drained, loose soil, but soil pH can vary.[4]

Propagation[edit]

Cotoneaster lucidus can be propagated by cuttings or by seed, with stratification necessary in the case of the latter.[4]

Pests[edit]

Cotoneaster lucidus is prone to fireblight, leaf spot, scale insects and spider mites.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cotoneaster lucidus information from NPGS/GRIN". GRIN. USDA. August 1, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Cotoneaster lucidus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Mark Brand (October 17, 2000). "Cotoneaster lucidus". Plant Database. University of Connecticut . Retrieved June 17, 2009.