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woods rose

Rosa woodsii

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low - high
full sun - part shade
upright, spreading
3 - 8'
magenta
summer

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E. Conrad

Wildlife habitat, hedge value, AND flowers like this?
Wildlife habitat, hedge value, AND flowers like this?

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Rose hips
Rose hips

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Fall color (rose also often employ an interesting 'stoplight' fall color regime)
Fall color (rose also often employ an interesting 'stoplight' fall color regime)

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Wildlife habitat, hedge value, AND flowers like this?
Wildlife habitat, hedge value, AND flowers like this?

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Woods rose is a wild relative of the garden classic, exhibiting all the beauty with none of the fuss. Large delicate pale pink to magenta flowers open in June, followed by bright red hips that last through the winter. This species spreads via suckering; while not appropriate for every situation, that does lend itself to a perfect hedge. Plant with chokecherry and snowberry for a barrier that will fill in to become a living privacy fence.