Woods’ Rose

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Rosa woodsii Lindl.

This wild rose bears very fragrant simple pink flowers followed by red rose hips. A vigorous grower, this thorny shrub can spread to form dense thickets, so careful placement in the landscape is needed. Look for it at conservation district tree and shrub sales.

 
Height: 3-6’
Width: 3-6’ or more
Water needs: dry to moist
Exposure: full sun to part shade
Availability in nurseries: uncommon
Native range: central U.S. from TX to MT, AK, and Canada (WY native)
Plant family: Rosaceae

 

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Photo by Jennifer Thompson