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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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to prune: September to November
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