Welsh Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster cambricus

Welsh cotoneaster grows wild in just one place in the world – the Great Orme. Here, conservation work has significantly increased the number of Welsh cotoneaster plants.

It looks like Cotoneaster horizontalis which commonly spreads from gardens into the wild. But the Garden’s science team have analysed DNA samples and discovered that Welsh cotoneaster is a unique species. Perhaps this small population survived the last Ice Age.