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Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina)

Carolina Rose is a 3 to 5 feet tall shrub that can spread over an area quickly. Leaves with 5-9 leaflets occur on arching canes with straight thorns. Light to deeper pink 2-inch blooms appear in late spring and early summer. Small, scarlet hips ripen in the fall.


Provides excellent cover year round. Hips are eaten by songbirds, quail, and wild turkeys.

Plant Type Shrub
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Low
Regions Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Spring, Summer
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Winter Cover, Fleshy Fruit
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