Can grow to be a small tree

Distinctive dark green leaves with red fruit

Leaves have white soft hairs underneath

Close up of hairy underside of leaf

Flowers and buds

White flowers with 5 petals

Close up of red fruit

Seed within fruit

Scientific Name

Cotoneaster glaucophyllus

Common Name



Native of China



Distinguishing Characteristics

Tall shrub to small tree, 1.5 to 4 metres tall.

Leaves are oval in shape, 3 to 8 cm long, dark green above and lower surface is covered with soft white hairs.

Clusters of tiny white flowers (about 8 mm across and with 5 petals) appear in Spring to Summer on hairy stems.

Fruit is round and red


Other plants easily confused with this plant

Other species of Cotoneaster all of which have been introduced to Australia.

Sources & References

Prepared by: Bev Debrincat November 2010