Herbs, shrubs and small trees, spiny or unarmed, evergreen or deciduous.  Leaves usually alternate and with stipules.  Flowers mostly bisexual and regular, solitary or clustered.  Sepals and petals at edge of a flower tube (hence perigynous) which is lined or rimmed with and glandular disc.  Sepals 5 (4), often with alternating bractlets; petals 5 (4 or 0).  Stamens mostly in whores or cycles of 5, sometimes numerous and indefinite.  Pistils 1-many, simple, distinct and free from flower tube or united into a 2-5 celled ovary, which may be +/- inferior.  Fruit a follicle, achene, drupe, pome or cluster of drupelets.  Seeds usually without endosperm.


Many of our favorite fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries and strawberries, belong to the Rose Family.  (Dale 168,169).


A family of over 100 genera and over 3000 species; many of great horticultural value.  (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 739).


Upper Newport Bay species within the family:


Aphanes occidentalis #

Eriobotrya japonica

Heteromeles arbutifolia #

Prunus davidiana

Prunus persica x 'Ventura'

Pyracantha koidzumii

Rosa californica #

Rosa species

Rubus procerus

Rubus ursinus #