Open deciduous shrub less than 1 m tall. Branchlets spiny, hairy at first. Leaves more or less ovate, mostly 3-5 cm long. Flowers solitary or in clusters on the previous year's growth, brick red; late winter to early spring. Fruit apple-like, 2-4 cm wide, maturing to a dull yellow.
Source: (2002). Rosaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Low-growing. Flowers salmon pink to orange, single. Grown from seed collected in the mountains of Japan by c.s. Sargent in 1892 and selected by Lemoine, France, 1899.