Large shrub or small tree to 6 m (20 ft) in height and 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Crown broad, irregular and open.
Bark gray, peeling to reveal a reddish brown inner bark. Twigs light brown, pubescent; spines small, about 3 cm (1.2 in) long.
Leaves alternate, simple, broadly ovate, 2-5 cm (0.8-2 in) long and 2-4 cm (0.8-1.5 in) wide, deeply divided into 5-7 narrow coarsely toothed lobes; glabrous, lustrous green above, paler beneath; truncate, cuneate, or subcordate at base, acute at apex, margins serrate; petiole slender, 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in) long and tomentose.
Flowers in corymbs, villose, 3-12, often foul smelling, 1.5 cm (0.6 in) wide; calyx 5-lobed, often serrulate-glandular; petals 5, white; styles 1-3; stamens 20 with red anthers; flowers appear from March to April.
Fruits pomes, 8 mm (0.3 in) in diameter, oblong to ovoid, bright red; seeds 1-2, smooth and rounded; fruits mature October to January.
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