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Woods' Rose
Rosa woodsii
  
About Woods' Rose (Rosa woodsii) 18 Nurseries Carry This Plant Woods' Rose is a native shrub that grows in Northern, Southern and Central California, primarily in mountainous areas including the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and Transverse Ranges. It is fast growing and long-lived, grows in an upright form to a height of 3 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are pink, striking and very fragrant, and bloom in the late spring. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in moist places, at elevations from 3500-11500 feet. It has straight sharp thorns. Birds love it.

Taxonomically, there is one recognized subspecies and one recognized variety, but for garden purposes they can be treated the same. A related species, Rosa gymnocarpa, sometimes referred to as Wood Rose, is found in more coastal mountains.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 9 ft tall
15 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright, Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Birds are attracted to the fruits

 

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates clay but does best in moist loamy soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other plants of moist areas and high elevation, such as Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor), Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.), Currant (Ribes sp.), and Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis).

Maintenance
Maintenance
Because of the spines and its tendency to sprawl, it can be pruned annually in winter to shape

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places and streambanks of higher elevations, typically with cold winters

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.9" - 94.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 3.54", Coldest Month: 21.9" - 52.1", Hottest Month: 42.6" - 77.3", Humidity: 0.50" - 30.14", Elevation: 198" - 11144"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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