Cotoneaster simonsii Baker

Refug. Bot. 1: t.55 (1869) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub to c. 4 m high; new growth tomentose. Leaves simple, ovate, elliptic-ovate or broadly elliptic, 1.7–3.6 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, base rounded to broadly cuneate, apex acute, often mucronate, upper surface green, with sparse strigose hairs or glabrous, lower surface light green, strigose, often sparsely so; petiole 3–5 mm long; stipules linear-lanceolate, membranous. Inflorescence a 2–6-flowered cluster; pedicle 2–5 mm long, strigose. Sepals 5, sparsely to moderately hairy, margins pubescent; petals 5, suborbicular, 3–4 mm long, clawed, erect, pink or red. Pomes usually obovoid, 6–10 mm diam., glabrous or with sparse hairs, red to orange-red; seeds usually 3–5.   Flowers spring.

*GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *OtR. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to the Himalayas. Widely cultivated, naturalised at a range of sites in cooler regions of Victoria, plants escaping from nearby gardens.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-15
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Cotoneaster
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cotoneaster simonsii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cotoneaster simonsii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory