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Our humming bee tree

  • Our humming bee tree
  • Our humming bee tree
  • Our humming bee tree

This time of year there's a small dome-shaped tree in the centre of our walled garden which becomes an absolute mass of flowers and humming bees.

It is a Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' and it's a fantastic smaller garden tree. It has an open and elegant branch structure under a dome of leaves that would grace any Oriental painting. Then having flowered in June, it goes on to produce thousands of flame red berries in autumn that last right through to the end of the year.

As it's been hot the last couple of days, I've taken to sitting in a deck chair beneath it with a book and have dozed off more than once lulled by the enchanting 'surround-sound' bees.

Comments (11)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    I agree this Cotoneaster is an excellent tree. As the 'frigidus' name suggests, it will also tolerate cooler climates and stays semi-evergreen through the winter, replacing any lost leaves in the spring.

  2. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Walled garden (jealous)
    Do you have a semi shaded spot against the wall to fit a fragrant
    Cotoneaster Rothschildianus, the yellow berries will contrast lovely with
    your red bricks and cornubia

  3. Grower

    Amanda CW

    We do and that sounds a wonderful idea! Do you have one to swap? If there is anything you would like from our garden in return (see my Grower page), let me know.

  4. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Sorry not at the moment, taking more cuttings this year.
    As an alternative if you are unable to obtain one locally you could use a Pyracantha Atalantoides, Rogersiana or Soleil d'or all yellow berried forms.
    The Pyracanthas take well to growing a Clematis Montana through them
    giving double aspect

  5. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Here are images of our Cotoneaster Rothschildianus, flowers just finishing
    there will be lots of berries

    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree
  6. Grower

    Amanda CW

    That looks well. We did have another Cotoneaster which had very red berries against our West-facing wall which we lost a couple of years back. This would be an excellent replacement, working as a contrast with the brickwork. The leaves are very elegant too.

  7. Grower

    steve black

    Anything to help the bees is great

  8. Grower

    steve black

    it certainly does alas its becoming a nuisance in the wild as the fruit eaten and seed deposits all over

  9. Grower

    Amanda CW

    Thought I'd share a couple more photos of the Cotoneaster as it's so spectacular this autumn. There must be tens of thousands of berries - more than any other year by far... and they have now turned from yellow to flaming red.

    The tree keeps most of its leaves through the winter too - it's a semi-evergreen. So it looks great all year round.

    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree
  10. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Fantastic display, these take well to pruning so you can keep the domed shape.
    Now while sorting through the nursery look what I've found, it's in a 3.5 litre polypot and is 2 years old .
    If your still looking for one we'll have to find a way of delivering.
    My daughter lives in Shefford, Beds. Nearest I can get to you for collection?

    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree
  11. Grower

    Amanda CW

    That's fabulous Jim. How kind! In the New Year I'll get a courier to collect from you, if that's OK? I see your address is on your Grower page. I'll let you know when I have ordered it.

    Here's a photo of our tree now. Half the leaves have now yellowed with the freezing temperatures, but the berries are more brilliant than ever.

    • Our humming bee tree
    • Our humming bee tree

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