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Cotoneaster rubens W. W. Sm.

Modern name

Cotoneaster rubens W.W.Sm.

A deciduous shrub 2 to 4 ft high, of stout, flattish, spreading habit, irregularly branched; young shoots downy. Leaves roundish to broadly oval, 12 to 1 in. long, thinly hairy above at first, covered with pale yellowish wool beneath, obscurely mucronate; stalk scarcely discernible. Flowers solitary, almost stalkless, terminating short shoots, 38 in. wide, described by Forrest as ‘red’; petals orbicular, 16 in. wide; calyx ovoid, appressed-downy; sepals ciliate; ovary densely woolly.

Native of Yunnan, China, discovered by Forrest in 1915. The late Mrs Gwendolen Anley, of Woking, showed a plant at Vincent Square in January 1935.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

This species, originally discovered in Yunnan, ranges through northern Burma and south-east Tibet to Bhutan. Dr Brian Mulligan tells us it is in cultivation at the Washington University Arboretum, Seattle, from seeds collected by Ludlow and Sherriff in Bhutan in 1949.



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