Common name: Cotoneaster

Scientific name: Cotoneaster glaucophyllus, other Cotoneaster spp. 

Hazard associated: The berries can cause gastric distress if ingested due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides.

Notes: Cotoneaster-glaucophyllus-fruit

  • These plants are commonly used in gardens for their hardiness, their white flowers and red berries. Also regarded as an invasive weed in many parts of Australia.
  • The name Cotoneaster covers several hundred  species, with many variations in habit from trees to small prostrate forms.
  • Probably grazing species are most likely to ingest the leaves but the berries may appear attractive to children and pets.

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