Cotoneaster horizontalis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeCotoneasterCotoneaster horizontalis


A deciduous arching or prostrate shrub, found in rocky grassland and on railway banks, cliffs, limestone pavement, quarries, chalk pits, pavements and walls. It occurs as a garden escape or throw-out, and is also frequently bird-sown. It reproduces readily from seed and is usually very well-naturalised, sometimes even posing a threat to native vegetation. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of W. China.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 933

Life form information

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 855

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 63

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Weighted Changed Factor: 66

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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