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Rosa woodsii fendleri

R. woodsiiThis beautiful species is a North American native, growing in Eastern regions of Canada and the USA. It is a very graceful, small, and tidy shrub which will grow to about 3 or 4 feet tall, producing a tight thicket over time. It is an excellent rose for a wild woods garden theme, as it has a very natural character, and is not likely to outgrow its welcome. This could be a good candidate for a shady spot, as I have found it preferring shaded or semi-shaded locations in its habitat.

The canes are quite upright, with fairly fine greyish wood and grey thorns. The foliage is quite matte in appearance, and has the same bluish luster of foliage as the Albas. The overall appearance of the foliage is a delicate and fern-like.

The blooms are small, about 2 to 2.5 inches across, a soft lilac pink, and individually short-lived. There are many blooms produced in panicles of many flowers over a few weeks. In the fall the shrub is covered in bright red hips, which ads another facet to its merits. The fall foliage is often very colorful, in amber and ruddy hues.

ARS merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, likely zone 4, and even parts of 3 as well.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 3.5, fairly strong "wild rose" scent.

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Rosa woodsii fendleri

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