Rosa blanda Aiton
Rosa blanda, commonly known as smooth rose, is a subshrub.
The subshrubs reach heights of 1 to 2 metres.
Wood and Bark
Rosa blanda has green, imparipinnate leaves that are alternate. The ovate leaflets are serrulate and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Rosa blanda produces corymbs of pink five-stellate flowers from May to July. The plants flower both on this years and on last years shoots.
The subshrubs produce red hips from summer to autumn.
Rosa blanda is native to eastern Canada, the northern Prairie States of the US, the central Northeast of the US and the Northeast of the US.
The subshrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5.
The ornamental value of Rosa blanda lies especially in its fragrance. Suited for noise and dust protection, as well as suited as cemetery plant, bee pasture, bird pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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