cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp.)

Size: 
Multi-stemmed tree to 5m high.
Form: 
Tree
Natural Distribution: 
Native to East Asia.
Description: 

Cotoneaster will always be one of those weeds that keeps on turning up in our reserves because there are just so many of them still growing in Taroona's suburban gardens - ensuring a steady supply of seed deposited by birds into our bushland reserves. Ironically, in the 1960s, the local Council gave two Cotoneasters to each Taroona household as a gift. Mature cotoneasters have long been removed from our work areas, so TEN volunteers are mainly dealing with an ongoing occurrence of new seedlings. 

Dispersal:  Spreads prolifically from seeds by birds, and in dumped garden waste. 

Control:  Small seedlings may be hand-pulled (ensure all root material is removed). Large trees must be cut and pasted thoroughly or they will re-sprout.  Plant material with berries must be bagged and removed. Other plant material can be left to rot on-site.