I am trying to identify a wild growing bush located in the Northeast USA that is similar to a cotoneaster, but has some differences. Here are the features:

  1. the berries grow at the ends of dendritic stems and are less than 1/4 inch in diameter but greater than 3/16". The berries are slightly longer than wide. They are not round.

  2. the berries are separate from each other by about 1/2" and do not touch each other

  3. the berries are reddish orange

  4. the leaves are exactly like those of a rose bush, oval and having a serrated edge (this excludes the cotoneaster)

  5. the bush grows much like a rose bush

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    Do you happen to have a few photos for us?
    – Stephie
    Sep 20, 2021 at 16:08
  • A photo would confirm, but could they not just be rosehips?
    – Bamboo
    Sep 20, 2021 at 17:25
  • @Bamboo Maybe. Can rosehips be 3/16" in diameter? Sep 20, 2021 at 18:15
  • @AndreLenotre Yes, depending on the rose species. The common wild "dog rose" rosa canina often has hips more than 1/2 inch diameter.
    – alephzero
    Sep 20, 2021 at 19:26
  • Possible, yes, but a photo would confirm
    – Bamboo
    Sep 21, 2021 at 9:21

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Pending photographic confirmation, I'm going out on a limb and saying that the plant is a multiflora rose. Oddly, it's surprisingly hard to find a good photo of this invasive weed. The berries' shape, diameter, and growth habit all match those of the multiflora.

  • Yes, that definitely looks like a strong possibility. I will confirm it tomorrow. Sep 20, 2021 at 20:52

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