Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Scotch Rose

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Rosa spinosissima (also listed as R. pimpinellifolia) Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Rose
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 3-5'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Mounded: suckering
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Small fine textured foliage and June flowers that may range from white to pink to yellow. A suckering habit restricts its use, but has application covering slopes and massing in unconfined areas.

  • 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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