Rosa glauca

Scientific name: Rosa glauca

Synonym: Rosa rubrifolia, Rosa ferruginea


Common names: “Red-leaved rose”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 2-8

Light: Full sun – very light shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich soil

Moisture: Medium water but well drained


Plant Size: H 6-8′ W 5-7′, vigorous arching multi-stemmed

Leaf and Stem shape: Sparsely prickly, reddish stems bearing contrasting greyish purple leaves

Flower: Single, pale-centred, deep rose-pink usually scentless flowers in summer followed by almost spherical red hips

Pruning: Minimal, for size only, no heading back cuts, will not bloom if improperly pruned

Maintenance: Medium, benefits from having old leaves removed from around base and being mulched

Landscape use: Mixed borders, hedgerows, wildlife garden

Propagate: By cuttings and budding

Pests & Disease: Gall, aphids, leaf hopper, rust, powdery mildew, scale, blackspot

Comments: Species rose, ~AGM winner


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