Rosa gymnocarpa Nutt.
Rosa gymnocarpa, commonly known as Wood Rose, is a shrub.
Rosa gymnocarpa was described in 1840 by Thomas Nuttall. The name is considered as validly published.
The shrubs grow to a height of approximately 0,9 meters.They grow at a moderate rate and have a long lifespan.
Wood and Bark
Rosa gymnocarpa is a decidious plant with imparipinnate leaves. The leaves are arranged opposite one another. They are mid green and elliptic with serrate margins.
Flowers and Fruit
The flowers are five-petaled and purple. The plants bloom from June to July.
The red fruits are hips and very ornamental. They develop in summer.
Rosa gymnocarpa is native to British Columbia, the Northwest of the US, the Rocky Mountains and California.
The Wood Rose prefers a sunny to half shady site and can withstand temperatures down to -17,7º C. It grows best in sandy or pebbly, loamy soil that is dry to moderately moist. The plants are moderately drought tolerant. They will not grow in anaerobic soils and are moderately tolerant of limy conditions.
Varities and Cultivars
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Pests and Diseases
Man and Rosa gymnocarpa
Rosa gymnocarpa in art
- Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.
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