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Milkflower Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster lacteus


Family: Rosaceae. The name "lacteus" comes from Latin (milk). It refers to flower clusters, colour milk-white. Origin: Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, in China. This plant forms large shrubs (3-8m tall) with evergreen foliage. The fruits are small and globose red berries, arrayed in a bunch. It needs be planted in soils well drained, under full sunlight, or partial shade.


We've found this species in some Chilean gardens, near Osorno and Frutillar, at the edges of Lake Llanquihue. A temperate region with snowy winters, and low elevation (+/- 60m a.s.l.).


Shrubs are considered as fundamental elements in any garden, since they provide embodiment and dimension to the scene. In the case of this genus, with an additional red colour when autumn comes, because birds don't like the fruits of cotoneaster. In other side, such fruits may cause some stomach apprehension if ingested and considered maybe unhealthy.

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Spotted on May 10, 2012
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