Botanical name: Cotoneaster microphyllus Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Rockspray Cotoneaster is a prostrate, mat-forming shrub which will climb over rocks. It is a strong contender for the plant found at highest altitudes. Leaves are 6-13 mm, elliptic-ovate, with pointed tip. This feature distinguishes it from the other very similar Entire-leaved Cotoneaster. Leaves are dark-green above and bristly-haired beneath. Small white flowers, about 8 mm across, appear in leaf axils, either singly or in groups of 2-3. Sepals are densely hairy. This plant is loved for its showy scarlet berries. Rockspray cotoneaster is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SW China, at altitudes of 2000-5400. Flowering: May-June.
The flower labeled Rockspray Cotoneaster is ...