Cotoneaster frigidus a native of the Himalaya was introduced in 1824, and is one of the most striking of all cotoneasters. The splendid clusters of ‘berries’ wreathing the branches make one of the most brilliant sights of autumn and early winter - the fruit often persisting well into the new year on the naked branches, except in years when the Redwings and Fieldfares pay a visit.
Cotoneaster frigidus is one of the most robust in the genus, making if left to itself a huge bush 20 ft high and as much through, consisting of numerous branching stems. But if kept to one stem when young and the lower branches removed, it will make a pretty round-headed tree with a well-shaped trunk. No hardy shrub more beautiful than this thrives in town gardens.
Sadly this species is now very rare in cultivation, its place usually being taken by the evergreen hybrid ‘Cornubia’ which as nice as it is, is no substitute for the real thing.