little wood rose Rosaceae Rosa gymnocarpa Nutt. Listen to the Latin symbol: ROGY Other Fact Sheets
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
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
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
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