A large, vase-shaped species rose grown for its outstanding blue-green foliage and aching stems. It is one of the more cold hardy roses for northern climates. The cherry-pink flowers contrast nicely with the foliage in late spring. It is not a repeat bloomer. The red rose hips are a favorite to many birds. This species of rose grows wild in the mountains of southern Europe.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Alkaline soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A 5 to 8 feet high erect shrub with arching to spreading branches. Plants can become leggy with age.
Tree & Plant Care
Prefers full sun in well-drained soils, pH adaptable but avoid extremely wet conditions.
Plants require very little pruning.
Disease, pests, and problems
Blackspot, powdery mildew, root rots, cankers and Japanese beetles.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to the mountains of central and southern Europe.
Attracts birds or wildlife
Red rose hips turn brown and remain during the winter.
Rose hips attractive to birds and wildlife.
Bark color and texture
The reddish-purple arching stems are almost thornless but older stems may have small prickle-type thorns.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, pinnately compound with 5 to 7 elliptical leaflets. The blue green foliage is infused with red and covered with a waxy bloom.
Fall color is reddish-burgundy.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Single-type, pink flowers are 1 to 2 inches wide and mildly fragrant. The center of flower is tinged white with showy stamens.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruits mature to a dark reddish-purple rose hip.