(Dog Rose), Species (known prior to 1737).
A classic rose often found in
old hedgerows across Europe and central Asia.
Blooms are pale pink to white and are borne in
spring, singly or in clusters of 2 to 5 flowers.
It grows as a large shrub with arching canes
reaching from 3 to 15 feet, depending on climate.
After the petals drop, shiny red hips, high in
Vitamin C, are formed which are used to make tea
and syrup. It was widely planted during World War
II for its nutritional qualities. There are
several forms of this rose - ours is nearly
thornless. Shade tolerant.