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Rosa canina

Wild rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Rosa canina

Plant details

The dog rose has one very attractive burst of lightly scented, usually flesh pink flowers (though they can be pinker or whitish) in summer. They are followed by a terrific show of bright red hips, any left hanging on eventually get taken by the birds. The stems are incredibly prickly, which is one very good reason why it's invariably grown in an informal mixed hedge, helping to keep out neighbour's pets and intruders. This species rose used to be grown by commercial breeders to provide the rootstock of ornamental roses.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Species: canina

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to prune: September to November

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