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Cotoneaster rhytidophyllus Rehd. & Wils.

Modern name

Cotoneaster rhytidophyllus Rehder & E.H.Wilson

An evergreen shrub up to 6 ft high, of graceful spreading habit; young shoots clothed at first with whitish down, which becomes tawny and mostly falls away before winter. Leaves of hard texture, oval-lanceolate, slender-pointed, tapered towards the base; 112 to 312 in. long, 12 to 118 in. wide; dark glossy green, wrinkled and at first downy above; grey, woolly and strongly veined in five to ten pairs beneath; stalk about 18 in. long. Flowers white, borne ten to twelve together in corymbs about 112 in. wide. Fruits pear-shaped, at first very downy, finally orange-red, 14 in. long, containing three or four nutlets.

Native of W. Szechwan, China; discovered and introduced by Wilson in 1908. It is closely related to C. henryanus, but the leaves of that species have up to twelve pairs of veins, they are not so woolly beneath, and the fruits have only two or three seeds. Some plants cultivated under this name are really the common C. henryanus.



Other species in the genus