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Rosa nutkana, Nootka Rose, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Nootka Rose

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Rosa nutkana

  • Size at maturity: 4-10' tall, 2-3' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to wet soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: wildlife favorite, medicinal

The Nootka Rose has large (2”) showy light pink to deep rose flowers that start to appear in May. They almost always occur singly on the tips of branches. The large curved thorns on the Nootka Rose often appear in pairs at the base of the leaves. By mid-summer, the fruits have matured, forming large scarlet or purplish hips that stay on the plants throughout winter providing food for animals. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit: "Nootka rose" by brewbooks is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0