About 70 species of evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, without spines or thorns. Leaves alternate, simple, and entire. Flowers small, solitary, or in clusters (corymbs), usually white, 5 sepals and 5 petals. Fruit is a small red or black 2-5 seeded pome. Native to Europe, north Africa, east Asia, Siberia, and Himalaya.
Cotoneaster: from the Latin cotoneum, quince, and -aster, a suffix suggesting incomplete resemblance, apparently referring to a similarity of the leaves of some species to those of quince.