little wood rose Rosaceae Rosa gymnocarpa
Leaf:Alternate, pinnately compound, deciduous, 3 inches overall; 5 to 9 oval to elliptical leaflets, each 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, serrate, green and glabrous above and below, glandular stipules at base of petiole.
Flower:Very showy and fragrant, pink to rose, 1 inch across, 5-petalled.
Fruit:Shiny orange-red, fleshy "hip" containing achenes, to 1/2 inch long, ripens in late summer.
Twig:Initially green, turning brown, bearing straight sharp prickles; buds red, rounded. Young twigs sometimes covered with fine hairs instead of prickles.
Bark:Green to red-brown.
Form:Finely branched deciduous shrub to 6’ tall.