Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, deciduous, 4-5 inches overall; 5 to 9 ovate to elliptical leaflets, each 1 to 3 inches long, serrate, green and glabrous above and below, obvious stipules at base of petiole.
Flower: Very showy and fragrant, pink to pale pink, 2-3 inches across, 5-petalled, flowering late spring through summer.
Fruit: Shiny orange-red, fleshy "hip" containing achenes, to 1/2 inch long, ripens in late summer.
Twig: Moderate, initially green, turning red-brown, bearing slightly curved to straight sharp prickles; buds red, rounded.
Bark: Light brown and very spiny.
Form: A thicket-forming shrub, reaches 3 to 10 feet.
Looks like: sweetbriar rose - dog rose - little wood rose - Nootka rose
Additional Range Information: Rosa woodsii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information