Berries #4

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Cotoneaster

A member of the rose family, the cotoneaster bursts into life in May and early June with a profusion of white or pale-pink, flat-petalled blooms, which bees love. With their long-lasting, prolific berries, they are also among the most useful fruiting shrubs in autumn, attractive both to humans and to birds.

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15 thoughts on “Berries #4

  1. Years ago a house I lived in had a whole wall of espaliered pyracantha, the scent of the flowers wasn’t too nice as you probably know. One harsh winter it was stripped of its berries in a few hours by fieldfares, I was so pleased to have given so many of them a good meal!

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  2. Lovely to look at, but a pest in the bush. For that reason, they are a declared environmental weed in most parts of Australia. While once popular in gardens, we are now encouraged to replace them, or at least, not to let the berries form.

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