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Cotoneaster horizontalis is a conundrum. A reliable garden plant with prolific red berries in winter and an attractive herringbone stem pattern which looks great as ground cover or against a wall, whose tiny deep green leaves look as though they should be evergreen, but aren’t. A magnet for bees in summer, perhaps the birds’ appetite for the berries makes it too successful. Still technically legal to plant in gardens, it’s listed in schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) as an invasive non-native species that outcompetes our native wild flora. Enjoy it if you have it, but maybe consider holly, hawthorn, or pyracantha as an alternative if planting from scratch.
PlantLife’s page on the problems cause by invasive cotoneasters https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/plant-fungi-species/cotoneaster
Invasive shrubs on the RSPB site https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/plants-for-wildlife/shrubs-for-gardens/invasive-shrubs/
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