Its scented flowers appear in May and June and range in colour from pale pink (almost white) to deep pink. They are followed by beautiful orange-red hips which hang on its arching, thorny branches well into winter. Plant it alongside other shrubs or as part of a hedge.
Estimate full grown height: 1.5 metres, growing an estimated 40-60cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: The flowers are an important nectar source for insects and the hips provide an autumn feast for many birds and mammals. The leaf buds of wild roses are often inflicted with a gall known as robin's pincushion. It’s caused by a specialist wasp and looks like a ball of reddish coloured threads. It’s harmless to the rose so no control is needed, though it can be pruned out if preferred.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows in full sun with moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring. It can tolerate poor soil.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our dog rose profile.