Plants


Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

Latin name: Cotoneaster

Flowering time: May, June

Uses: Good nectar, moderate pollen

Source:  NBKT/Mace/Howes
There are several different Cotoneasters including C. horizontalis, loved by honey bees.  However certain varieties are problematic as they can escape into the wild and are difficult to eradicate according to Plantlife :

Plantlife is particularly concerned about four types of cotoneaster:

  • Hollyberry cotoneaster (C. bullatus)
  • Wall cotoneaster (C. horizontalis)
  • Small-leaved cotoneasters (C. microphyllus agg.)
  • Himalayan cotoneaster (C. simonsii)
Cotoneaster horizontalis

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Some alternatives are: Cotoneaster lacteus (evergreen), Cotoneaster dammeri (evergreen, vigorous and prostrate),  Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Cornubia’ loses its leaves in winter, Cotoneaster x watereri ‘John Waterer’ (a large, rounded, dense shrub) Cotoneaster sternianus (makes a good hedge, evergreen or semi-evergreen).