Watsonia 18: 312. 1991.
Shrubs, 0.5–1 m. Stems ascending to erect, spreading horizontally, arching; branches usually distichous, brownish red, initially densely strigose. Leaves deciduous; petiole 2–4 mm, pilose; blade broadly elliptic, on vigorous shoots orbiculate, sometimes broadly obovate, concave, 10–18 (–25) x 9–15 (–25) mm, chartaceous, base obtuse, margins flat, veins 3 or 4 (or 5), superficial or slightly sunken, apex obtuse, mucronulate, abaxial surfaces pale green, yellowish pilose-strigose, adaxial vivid light green, shiny, not glaucous, flat between lateral-veins, glabrous; fall leaves red to intense red-purple. Inflorescences on fertile shoots 5–25 mm with 3 or 4 leaves, 1–3 (or 4) -flowered, compact. Pedicels 0.5–2 (–3) mm, glabrescent. Flowers 5–6 mm, open; hypanthium cupulate, glabrescent; sepals: margins villous, apex green and reddish purple, acuminate or acute, surfaces glabrous; petals erect-incurved, dark-pink, base red, margins pink; stamens 10–12 (–16), filaments red and pale crimson, anthers white; styles 2 or 3. Pomes orange-red, usually broadly obovoid, sometimes subglobose or obovoid, 5.7–6.8 [–8] x 4.9–7.2 [–8] mm, shiny, not glaucous, glabrous; sepals suberect, margins villous, glabrous; navel open; style remnants 4/5 from base. Pyrenes 2 or 3, distinct.
Phenology: Flowering May; fruiting Oct–Nov.
Habitat: Thickets, wet prairie remnants
Elevation: 0–200 m
Introduced; Oreg., Asia (China), also in Europe
Cotoneaster hjelmqvistii was overlooked in the Flora of China (L. Lingdi and A. R. Brach 2003).