Amoenus Cotoneaster Cotoneaster amoenus

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
beautiful cotoneaster


Cotoneaster amoenus, commonly known as the Pleasant Cotoneaster, is characterized by its dense and gracefully arching branches. This deciduous shrub typically showcases glossy green leaves that are elliptical in shape, with finely toothed margins that add a delicate texture to the plant. The foliage often takes on a reddish hue in autumn, adding seasonal interest to gardens. In spring and early summer, the Pleasant Cotoneaster is adorned with small, five-petaled flowers that are a subtle, creamy white color. The blossoms are clustered together, creating a gentle contrast against the green foliage. Following the flowering season, the shrub produces an abundance of small, round berries that mature to a bright red, providing a striking visual display as well as a source of food for birds and other wildlife during the colder months. The overall form of the Pleasant Cotoneaster is rounded, with a dense branching pattern that gives it a lush, filled-out appearance. Its arching branches and seasonal changes in foliage and fruit make it an attractive choice for gardeners looking to add year-round interest to their landscapes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Pleasant Cotoneaster.

    • Common names

      Cotoneaster amoenus

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cotoneaster, including Cotoneaster amoenus, is considered to have a low level of toxicity to humans. Nevertheless, if ingested in large quantities, it can cause mild symptoms. The symptoms of poisoning from consuming parts of the Cotoneaster plant can include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. In general, these symptoms are due to the presence of compounds such as cyanogenic glycosides, which release hydrogen cyanide when metabolized. It is advisable to avoid ingesting any part of the Cotoneaster plant and to seek medical attention if large quantities have been consumed.

    • To pets

      Cotoneaster, including Cotoneaster amoenus, is also toxic to pets, with cats and dogs being potentially at risk if they ingest the plant. The level of toxicity is typically low to moderate, but the degree of poisoning is dependent on the amount consumed. Symptoms in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and lethargy as a result of the cyanogenic glycosides present in the plant. These compounds can lead to cyanide poisoning if ingested in significant amounts. Immediate veterinary care should be sought if there are signs that a pet has ingested Cotoneaster, especially if the animal is showing distress or unusual behavior.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Spread

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Aesthetics: Cotoneaster amoenus, commonly known as Tree Cotoneaster, offers visual interest throughout the seasons with its attractive foliage, flowers, and berries.
    • Low Maintenance: Tree Cotoneaster is known for being easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and being adaptable to a range of soil conditions.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The berries produced by Tree Cotoneaster provide a food source for birds and other wildlife, helping to support local ecosystems.
    • Erosion Control: With its dense growth habit, Tree Cotoneaster is effective at stabilizing soil and preventing erosion, especially on slopes.
    • Hedging and Screening: Tree Cotoneaster can be used to create hedges or privacy screens due to its dense foliage and relatively fast growth.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Cotoneaster amoenus can be used for ornamental hedging due to its dense growth habit, which provides a neat, structured look in garden design.
    • The dense foliage of Cotoneaster amoenus offers nesting sites for birds, making it a valuable addition to wildlife-friendly gardens.
    • Its berries, while not edible for humans, provide a food source for birds during the late fall and winter months when other food is scarce.
    • Small branches and foliage can be included in floral arrangements for additional greenery, texture, and interest.
    • The plant can be trained against a wall or a trellis to create a living fence or green wall feature in a garden.
    • Cotoneaster amoenus can serve as ground cover to prevent soil erosion on slopes or in areas where other plants have difficulty establishing.
    • The wood from larger Cotoneaster amoenus specimens can be used for crafting small objects or inlays in woodworking projects.
    • During autumn, the foliage of Cotoneaster amoenus turns a vibrant mix of orange and red, making it an excellent choice for adding seasonal color to a landscape.
    • The plant can be shaped into various topiary forms for a manicured and artistic garden feature.
    • Used in bonsai cultivation, Cotoneaster amoenus can be trained into miniature tree forms, displaying the plant's features on a smaller scale.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cotoneaster is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cotoneaster is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Cotoneaster plants are known for their hardiness and ability to thrive in a variety of soil conditions, making them a symbol of resilience and adaptability.
    • Protectiveness: The dense growth habit of the Cotoneaster plant offers shelter to birds and other wildlife, representing protection and safety.
    • Growth: As a plant that can spread easily to create ground cover, it symbolizes growth and expansion.
    • Harmony with Nature: Cotoneasters blend well into natural landscapes, symbolizing harmony with the environment and the balance of life.
    • Boundaries: With its use as a hedge plant, Cotoneaster can represent setting healthy boundaries and creating personal space.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the showy Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster amoenus), consistent moisture is important, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant and do not require frequent watering. Water the Cotoneaster deeply, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions. In general, watering about once a week with approximately 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per plant should suffice, adjusting for rainfall and temperature changes. During hot, dry spells, additional watering may be necessary.

  • sunLight

    Showy Cotoneaster thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal location is a spot where the plant can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, though it can tolerate some light shade. Avoid deep shade as this can lead to leggy growth and fewer flowers and berries.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Showy Cotoneaster is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it thrives best in temperatures between 60°F and 80°F. It can withstand winter cold down to about -20°F, but temperatures above 90°F may stress the plant if not properly watered.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning showy Cotoneaster helps maintain its shape and encourage denser foliage. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches, as well as any that cross over others, which improves air circulation. Pruning can be done annually or as needed to shape the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cotoneaster (Cotoneasters) thrive in well-draining loamy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. A mixture of garden soil, compost or peat, and perlite or sand would create an ideal environment. Ensure adequate organic material for nutrient retention and soil structure.

  • plantRepotting

    Cotoneasters should be repotted every 2-3 years, or when they outgrow their current pot, to refresh the soil and promote healthy growth. Do repotting in early spring before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cotoneasters, being quite adaptable, generally do not require high humidity and can tolerate the dry conditions found in most homes. Average indoor humidity levels are suitable for these plants.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Cotoneasters near a sunny window and prune to manage size.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Cotoneasters in well-drained soil with 6 hours of sunlight.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Cotoneaster amoenus, commonly known as the Pleasant Cotoneaster, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in spring after overcoming dormancy through cold stratification. Upon germination, the seedling emerges and develops into a juvenile plant with characteristic lustrous green leaves, and as it matures, it forms a woody, branching shrub. Over several years, the Pleasant Cotoneaster reaches reproductive maturity and produces small, pinkish-white flowers in late spring to early summer, which are pollinated by insects. After pollination, these flowers develop into small, red to orange pome fruits by late summer or fall, each containing seeds that, once dispersed by birds and other animals, can germinate to complete the cycle. The plant enters a period of dormancy in the winter, with leaves typically remaining evergreen in mild climates or shedding in areas with colder winters. Throughout its life, the Cotoneaster amoenus may live many years, slowly growing and expanding its reach within its environment.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • Cotoneaster amoenus, commonly known as the Pleasant Cotoneaster, is often propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is usually performed during the late summer. A semi-hardwood cutting is a portion of the stem that has matured partially after the current year's growth. The cutting should be about 4 to 6 inches long (10 to 15 centimeters) with several leaves still attached. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining soil medium and kept moist until roots develop, which could take several weeks. Once rooted, it can be transferred to a larger pot or directly into the ground, depending on climate and conditions.