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Shrubs, widespreading, 0.5–1.5 m. Stems weakly ascending, suberect, or decumbent; branches spiraled, purple-black, sometimes green and brown striate, initially strigose. Leaves persistent, petiole 1–5 mm, strigose; blade oblanceolate or oblong, rarely lanceolate, 8–17 × 3–8 mm, coriaceous, base cuneate, margins revolute, veins 2–4, superficial, apex rotund or obtuse, rarely emarginate or acute, abaxial surfaces grayish white, faintly reticulate, initially densely strigose or strigose-pilose, later glabrate, adaxial dark green, sometimes blue-green, shiny, not glaucous, not bulging between lateral-veins, initially strigose, soon glabrate. Inflorescences on fertile shoots 5–12 mm with 2 or 3 leaves, 1 (or 2) -flowered, subsessile. Pedicels erect, densely strigose. Flowers 7–15 mm diam.; buds pink; hypanthium narrowly cupulate, densely strigose; sepals: margins densely villose-strigose, borders membranous, apex often red, acute or obtuse, sometimes shortly mucronate, surfaces often densely strigose-villous; petals spreading, white, glabrous; stamens 20, filaments white, anthers red-purple; styles 2 [or 3]. Pomes dark red with crimson, sometimes red, depressed-globose, 7–9 × 7–10 mm, dull or slightly shiny, glaucous, sparsely villous; sepals suberect or erect, villous; navel open; style remnants at apex. Pyrenes 2 [or 3]. 2n = 68 (Germany).
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun; fruiting Aug–Mar.
Habitat: Openings in conifer forests
Elevation: 0–200 m
Introduced; Calif., Asia, also in Europe
Cotoneaster integrifolius was treated as C. microphyllus Wallich ex Lindley var. thymifolius (Baker) Koehne by L. Lingdi and A. R. Brach (2003).