Cotoneaster franchetii

Cotoneaster franchetii_orange cotoneaster_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: orange Cotoneaster; Cotoneaster; Francheti Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster franchetii (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?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Cotoneaster franchetii Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Cotoneaster franchetii_leaves and flowers (close-up)_ZoyaAkulova
    Cotoneaster franchetii (orange Cotoneaster) leaves and flowers (close-up). Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Cotoneaster franchetii_leaves, stem, and flowers_JoeDiTomaso
    Cotoneaster franchetii (orange Cotoneaster) leaves, stem, and flowers. Photo: Joe DiTomaso
    Cotoneaster franchetii_fruit, leaves, and stem_copyright2006_PeterZika
    Cotoneaster franchetii (orange Cotoneaster) fruit, leaves, and stem. Photo: &#169 2006 Peter Zika