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Sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa), a member of the rose family, is a deciduous, erect, occasionally dense, woody shrub that can grow from 3-5m tall with stout branched roots that often sucker. Many arching stems grow from the base, with unequal, flattened, downward-pointing, curved thorns. Apple-smelling leaves are hairless dull-green above, hairy below, and divided into 5-9 narrow-oval leaflets (12-40 x 8-28mm). Clusters of 1-3 pink (or bright pink with whitish base) rose-like, 5-petalled flowers (25-40 mm diameter) appear from November to January (first image), followed by prominent, egg-shaped, shiny red or orange-red rose hips (12-22 x 10-18mm) from February to May (second image).