Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Meadow Rose

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Rosa blanda Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Rose
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 4-5'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Habit: Mounded: suckering
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    An interesting native rose that is virtually thornless with the exception of a few prickles at the base of vigorous shoots. Single pink flowers in June are followed by bright red fruit which remain attractive well into winter, creating the best fall/winter fruit display of any rose. Its suckering can become a problem however, and this must be considered when siting in the landscape.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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