N Temperate Regions of
Europe, Asia and N Africa

Anne's Bee Bush (Cotoneaster)

Anne’s Bee Bush (Cotoneaster)


This Cotoneaster came to Highbury from Anne’s garden in Wimbledon. Previous owners of her house had planted its parent outside the French doors, where it had grown into a formidable security guard, doing its best to stop anyone getting into the garden. We cut it back hard all round, dug out its rootball and moved it further away from the house, into a high raised bed that Anne had built.

ANNE'S BEE BUSH FLOWERSAnne's Bee Bush, berries 2012


Bees’ Favourite.

The parent plant in Wimbledon grows to a height of three metres, left to its own devices. Its Highbury child is kept lower, dividing the earthwork from the birds’ feeder array, looking like a comfy couch when trimmed. Bees hover over it, drawn by dishwater PINK flowers; RED berries follow, welcomed by birds in winter. I call it ‘Anne’s Bee Bush’.


ANNE'S BEE BUSH in bloom