Definition of cotoneaster in English:


Pronunciation /kəˌtōnēˈastər/ /kəˌtoʊniˈæstər/


  • 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.

    Genus Cotoneaster, family Rosaceae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘To encourage wildlife they planted cotoneaster to provide winter fruit for birds while the pond attracts both insects and birds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This striking arrangement is made with prunings from cotoneaster, deodar cedar, and juniper.’


Mid 18th century modern Latin, from Latin cotoneum (see quince) + -aster.