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.
- 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.
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotoneaster