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Cotoneaster horizontalis, mid October. "Much underrated, this is the most spectacular of all cotoneasters. Deciduous, with a low centre of gravity, and with great, flat, fan-like branches that spread horizontally. These are decorated in herringbone twigs dotted with small, dark-green, broadly oval, keeled leaves that alternate along opposite rows. The May flowers are small and white-blushed pink, and are inconspicuous until the hum of bees makes you stop. Abundant, bright-red fruit follows, creating a warming glow in October, and lasts until devoured by blackbirds. Deep crimson autumn colour adds to the show before leaves drop to reveal the most elegant of skeletons ... Origin: China." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Nurseryman's Favourites, Gardens Illustrated magazine, December 2013]