The California wild rose is a remarkably robust deciduous shrub producing many spiny stems, 3-6 ft. tall and spreading by underground stems as far as space and moisture permit. Medium green foliage is comprised of pinnately divided leaves with 5-7 coarsely toothed leaflets. Bright rose to pink colored flowers with 5 petals occur in spring; colorful red berry-like fruit mature in fall.
California wild rose is native to riparian and moist woodland habitats from Oregon to northern Baja California. It has proven to be a highly adaptable plant that is easily grown in native plant gardens and for restoration projects. It combines well with other native species on the Western Sycamore Palette and is useful as a barrier plant with an attractive display of flowers for seasonal color in the spring.