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Carolina Rose
Rosa carolina


The Carolina rose's adaptability is demonstrated by growing variously in dry woods and thickets, in rocky or sandy soil, and low wet ground and borders of swamps and streams in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana Florida, north to Vermont, and west to Minnesota and Nebraska. This low suckering shrub has long, slender unbranched stems bearing scattered short prickles and shiny rich green leaves which turn various shades of dull red in the fall. Its 2-inch to 2 1/2-inch-diameter pink flowers may occur singly or may be clustered two or three together, and have a spicy fragrance. Carolina rose will tolerate high humidity without any resulting black spot. There are several named varieties and hybrids. It has been cultivated since 1826.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red hips

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Width: 3 feet, spreading

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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