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Woods’ Rose

Rosa woodsii

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Want to add some exceptional color and interest to your yard? It might be time to choose the Woods’ rose (Rosa woodsii). These attractive green shrubs feature pink to lavender flowers in the springtime. Along with that, the flower hips are prized for their source of vitamins. Boost up the appearance of your landscape with the help of the exceptional Woods’ rose.

Plant Attributes

The Woods’ rose also goes by other names, including the Western wild rose and interior rose. This deciduous shrub features attractive deep green leaves divided into finely toothed leaflets. In the spring, you will notice red canes emerging on the branches. There are typically two to four flowers at the tips of the woody stems. These flowers have a color that ranges from pale purple to deep pink, and they last until mid-summer.

In the meantime, you can enjoy the small clusters of very fragrant flowers. The aroma attracts bees and other pollinators to your yard. After the flowers are spent, they are replaced by fleshy red hips that last throughout the winter. These hips are a source of vitamin C. Many people dry them to use in jellies, fruitcakes, teas, and puddings.

Landscape Use

The Rosa woodsii makes an excellent hedge plant for those hot and sunny areas in your landscape. You might want to use them as a modern foundation planting. As you flank the sides of your front door, you can create a pleasant atmosphere for all visitors. For a bigger impression, think about creating a long flowering hedge to line your walkways or pathways. Since these roses have thorns, give at least 3 feet of space between the center of the plant and the walkway.

The Woods’ rose is known for its beautiful color. For that reason, you will want to add them throughout your patio areas. Mix them with your annuals and perennials. As a garden border, this Rosa woodsii makes a great impression. You can easily plant the Woods’ rose in those cutting gardens as well.

These roses can form a thicket of shallow branching roots. You might want to place them in front of leggy shrubs and evergreens to fill in those spaces. With their thorns, these pretty shrubs can keep unwanted visitors off your property. For a spectacular look, use them to outline the contours of your landscapes. Finally, since it is a wild rose, this variety makes an exceptional addition to those native gardens.

Planting & Care

The Rosa woodsii can thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8. This low-maintenance shrub tolerates cold temperatures up to -10 Fahrenheit. You want to plant it in full sunshine, but it can handle those areas with partial shade. This rose does prefer sandy loam and moderately fertile soils. Wherever you plant it, the Woods’ rose requires places with well-draining soil. It also favors those moist soils. Once established in your yard, the Rosa woodsii becomes drought tolerant. Due to its tendency to spread out, you might want to prune in the winter to keep its shape. If you don’t cut back this shrub, it can grow thick around the base of the plant. Pruning also can help maintain its appearance in your landscape.

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This prolific deciduous spreading shrub is native to the Rocky Mountains. It makes an excellent choice if you want to create a native garden. The dark green leaves and pink flowers last throughout the summer. By the fall, bright red rose hips stay on the plant until the winter. With all that color and interest, the Woods’ rose is bound to be a beloved plant in your landscape.

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At Arbor Valley Nursery, we are trained to find the right shrub, tree, plant, or flower for your landscape. Our shrub nursery has the largest selection of garden items in the area. If you want to bring home the Woods’ rose to your next landscape project, please fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Moderate
  • Botanical Pronunciation: ROE-zuh WOODZ-ee-eye
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 3 to 6 feet in height and width
  • Special features: Spectacular spring and summer color, bright rose hips in the fall
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Blooms: Late spring
  • Flower color: Pink to lavender
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant flowers in small clusters
  • Garden style: Cottage gardens, wildlife habitats, and foundation plantings
  • Design Ideas: Perfect choice for a cottage or native garden. As a wildlife habitat, the rose hips and flower nectar attract local bees and butterflies. Use the Woods’ rose to line walkways. Add these roses to a foundation planting near an entrance.
  • Companion Plants: Dogwood, honeysuckle, currant, and Western serviceberry

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