This shrub's fruit reminds me of a hawthorn, but I do not see long sharp thorns like I would expect, only short spikes - so what is this and more importantly can I eat it like a hawthorn fruit? The plants seem to live without much water aside from a fairly rainy climate. This is in the Seattle area - hardiness zone 7.
This picture gives a good view of the leaves and a flower - this seems late in their season since most shrubs bear ripening fruit and no flowers at this point.
Some of the plants bear pink flowers like the one above, and some white flowers like this one. This picture gives a good view inside the flower.
Ouch! These spikes don't cover all of the branches.
These little nubs look to me like they might be growth potentials but I don't know enough about shrubs to say for sure.
As you can see, the fruits tend to be solitary, the plant is typically about four feet high.
Here's a good view of a fruit and the reverse side of a leaf.
The fruit is fleshy and contains many seeds. It is soft but not very juicy.