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A small-leaved shrub of the rose family, cultivated as a hedging plant or for its bright red berries which often remain on the plant throughout the winter.
- ‘This striking arrangement is made with prunings from cotoneaster, deodar cedar, and juniper.’
- ‘The holly was a sorry-looking stick planted in the centre of the lawn and the cotoneaster was a small shrub growing against a wall.’
- ‘In the summer, I had to do some drastic cutting back of all the wall shrubs, and the cotoneaster was untied and allowed to grow away from the wall.’
- ‘Plant berry-bearing plants in your garden, such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster and berberis.’
- ‘To encourage wildlife they planted cotoneaster to provide winter fruit for birds while the pond attracts both insects and birds.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin cotoneum (see quince) + -aster.
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