Cotoneaster salicifolius
Common name: 
Willowleaf Cotoneaster
ko-to-nee-AS-ter sal-is-i-FOL-lee-us
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Evergreen shrub, 6-8(15) ft [1.8-2.4(4.5) m], spreading, arching to horizontal.   Leaves alternate, simple, willow-like, 4-9 cm long and 0.8-2.0 cm wide, 5-9 prominent impressed vein pairs, dark green, wrinkled above, pubescent and glaucous below.  Some yellow and red leaves in fall and purplish in winter.  Flowers, small, solitary, and white, borne in 5 cm woolly flat-topped clusters; have an unpleasant odor.  Fruit in clusters, bright red, each ca. 6 mm wide, subglobose, contain 2-3 nutlets, persists during winter.
  • Sun to part shade, best in a moist, well-drained acid or neutral soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6      Native to Western China.  Several cultivars, some are rather compact, dwarf, or low growing (see C. salicifolius 'Autumn Fire').
  • salicifolius: willow-like leaves [salix: willow, and folius: leaves(foliage)]
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: NW of Gilkey Hall on Campus Way
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    leaves and immature fruit

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    plant habit, fall fruiting

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    fruit and leaves