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)
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).