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Nootka Rose

Scientific name

Rosa nutkana


Nootka Rose is a fast growing, deciduous shrub species that grows up to 3 m in height. The leaves are alternately arranged, medium green colored, pinnately compound with 5-9 leaflets, and have serrated margins. The flowers are deep pink colored, fragrant, have five petals, and bloom between May and July. These flowers produce round, reddish orange colored fruits, called rose hips. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The fruits are beneficial to wildlife species, such as birds and small mammals. The roots are good for controlling erosion and stabilizing shorelines. Native Roses may grow aggressively and are valuable for filling in un-vegetated areas. It is hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance. Similar to most Rose species, this plant has sharp thorns on the branches.

Planting conditions

Nootka Rose grows best in moist to wet conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers poorly drained, organically rich soil and can grow well in a variety of soil types. It is tolerant of periodically flooded areas, drought, slightly acidic pH levels, and steep slopes. It can tolerate partial shade and shade but will produce more flowers and fruit with sun exposure. This plant can be naturally found around forest edges, in roadside ditches, and along river or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 3 m
  • Spread:
    • 3 m