A species originating in China and the Himalayas, now widely seen in open woodlands, grasslands, coastal environs, urban bushland and roadsides here in Australia. Has 'moderately important environmental weed' status here in New South Wales and 'significant environmental weed' status in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.
An upright and arching, many-stemmed shrub or small tree usually growing 3-5 m tall. A profusion of small white flowers (5 mm diameter) are borne in summer in large dense clusters and have five small spreading petals.
''Cotoneaster glaucophyllus'', commonly known as glaucous cotoneaster or bright bead cotoneaster, is a native plant of China and the Himalayas. In Australia and New Zealand it is considered a weed.