Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Cotoneaster frigidus
Himalayan tree-cotoneaster

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54 deg 35.002N
5 deg 56.174W

The Cotoneaster genus is in the Rosaceae family. It is huge genus with probably over 200 species and may be as many as 400.The cultivated species and their varieties are described as being "much confused". The tall cotoneaster trees in the Botanic Gardens (both near the Kelvin statue and in the Spring Garden) appear to be Cotoneaster frigidus. According to Hillier most of this species seen in gardens are hybrid seedlings belonging to the 'Watereri' group. The species was introduced from the Himalaya in 1824. Award of Merit from the RHS in 1966.

Cotoneaster frigidus in Belfast Botanic Gardens Cotoneaster frigidus in Belfast Botanic Gardens
Cotoneaster frigidus in Belfast Botanic Gardens Cotoneaster frigidus branches in early winter
Cotoneaster frigidus leaves and fruit Cotoneaster frigidus berries
Fruiting branches of Cotoneaster frigidus Fruit of Cotoneaster frigidus

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2017. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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