The Rose Family

This is a fairly large and diverse family which consists of around 100 genera with over 3,000 species. The largest genus by far is Prunus (plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and almonds) with about 430 species.

Members of this family often share a susceptibility to certain diseases such as black spot, cedar apple rust, fireblight or apple scab.

Biddy-Biddy Medlar
Chokeberry Ninebark
Lady's Mantle Bowman's Root
Serviceberry Cinquefoil
Goat's Beard Cherry, Plum
Quince Firethorn
Cotoneaster Pear
Hawthorn Indian Hawthorn
Indian or Mockstrawberry Jetbead
Loquat Rose
Pearlbush Raspberry
Meadowsweet Burnet
Strawberry False Spiraea
Avens Mountain Ash
Bowman's Root Spirea
Japanese Kerria Stephanandra
Apple, Crabapple Barren Strawberry

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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