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).