Cotoneaster franchetii

Cotoneaster franchetii_orange cotoneaster_JM DiTomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: orange cotoneaster; cotoneaster; Francheti cotoneaster

Cordyline australis (orange cotoneaster) is an evergreen shrub (family Rosaceae) found in the northwest and central west regions of California. Orange cotoneaster, which has pink flowers and orange fruits, was introduced from China in 1854 as an ornamental plant, and has escaped cultivation. It is found in disturbed places, especially near residential sites, as well as in undisturbed scrub, grassland and forests. Each plant can produce thousands of fruits every year, which are distributed by birds, small mammals, water movement and human activities. Mechanical removal of the shrubs can provide good control, but follow-up is needed, as the plants may resprout from the roots.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate

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Weed RIC Management Notes

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Other Cotoneaster franchetii Information

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  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
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