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Woods Rose
Rosa woodsii


In the Trans-Pecos of West Texas Woods rose grows at elevations of 3,500 feet to 10,000 feet, and also ranges into New Mexico and Arizona and north to North Dakota and British Columbia. New canes emerge vivid red, later fading to maroon. The single or triple flower cluster produces one-inch-diameter, five-petaled single pink blossoms highlighted by many yellow stamens. Rounded, orange-red hips are showy in the fall. Many prickles form along the upright canes and a few on the leaves. In the Trans-Pecos, Woods rose may reach only three feet tall in the wild, but in a garden of rich soil and a sunny exposure, agressive, rhizomatous roots can form a dense thicket to six feet tall and eight feet wide. Woods rose may be effectively used as a barrier, for erosion control, and as a wildlife plant.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: pink

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: red hips

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Width: 3 to 4 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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