Cotoneaster are a wide range of plants. They can be evergreen or deciduous, and shrubs or trees depending on the variety.
Most variants are happy in full sun, with some also being happy in part shade. They generally like any soil as long as it is well-drained and are equally suited to exposed or sheltered positions.
Birds are particularly attracted to Cotoneaster for the berries produced in Autumn. Care should be taken which varieties are planted as they seed particularly easily and are becoming somewhat invasive in some areas. Of particular concern are the following:
- Hollyberry cotoneaster (C. bullatus)
- Wall cotoneaster (C. horizontalis)
- Small-leaved cotoneasters (C. microphyllus agg.)
- Himalayan cotoneaster (C. simonsii).