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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.
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.