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Wood’s Rose

Scientific name

Rosa woodsii


Wood’s Rose is a deciduous shrub that grows 2-3m in height. The stems are reddish-brown to gray in colour and have slightly curved thorns. The leaves are alternate and compound with 5-9 leaflets. The leaflets are 1.5-4 cm long, obovate to elliptic, and are finely toothed near the tip. The flowers are 10-20 cm, pink in colour, with 5 rounded petals that are notched at the tip. Wood’s Rose produces rose hips that are oval to globular in shape and are orange-red to purplish-red. The rose hips and leaves are an excellent source of food for several species of mammals and birds. Wood’s Rose has a rhizomatous root system which is beneficial for stabilizing shorelines and preventing erosion.

Planting conditions

Wood’s Rose grows best in moist conditions, but will also grow in dry to normal environments as well. It thrives in moist loamy soils, but tolerates sand and light clay type soils as well. It grows best in full or partial sun conditions. Wood’s Rose can naturally be found growing in woodland edges, meadows, prairies, and stream banks.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 2-3 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m