Fast-growing and extremely cold hardy, Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose) is an upright, deciduous, suckering shrub with attractive, dark-green foliage that warms up to fire orange-red in the fall. In summer, a profusion of fragrant, single, pale to bright pink flowers, 3 in. across (6 cm), are on display. They are followed by abundant, red, pumpkin-shaped fruits that persist for several months. They are often used to make jams and jellies - unless hungry birds happily feast on them. Tolerant to a wide range of soil types and undemanding, Virginia Rose is a lovely addition to a wildlife garden or seaside planting, thanks to its salt tolerance.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
- Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 cm).
- Best grown in full sun or part shade, in well-drained soils. Tolerant of poor soils. For best flowering, apply a balanced fertilizer and mulch in late winter or early spring.
- Perfect for cottage gardens, wildflower meadows, coastal gardens.
- Watch for rose rust and powdery mildews. May be affected by aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly
- Attractive to pollinating insects, butterflies and birds
- Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn.
- Native to southeastern United States.