little wood rose Rosaceae Rosa
gymnocarpa Nutt. symbol: ROGY
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.
Looks like: rugosa rose - Woods' rose - dog rose - Nootka rose
Additional Range Information: Rosa gymnocarpa is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting little wood rose.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson