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Rosa nitida

shining rose

R. nitida is a dwarf, suckering shrub producing many slender, reddish stems, densely-covered in fine prickles and bristles. Leaves are shiny, with five to seven slender leaflets, turning red, yellow and purple in autumn. Rose-pink flowers, 5cm across in summer, are followed by slightly bristly, oval, red hips

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green Red
Autumn Purple Red Yellow Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Suckering
Genus

Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing compound pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered flowers. Flowers may be followed by showy red or purple fruits in some varieties.

Name status

Correct

Plant range
E North America

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How to grow

Cultivation

A very tolerant species which will grow in virtually any garden situation except heavy shade

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Pruning group 20 (roses). Do not prune after flowering if hips are required

Pests

Aphids, including rose aphid, are the most common rose pest. Can also be affected by leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars, large rose sawfly, rose leaf-rolling sawfly and leaf-cutter bees. Deer and rabbits may also cause damage

Diseases

Rose black spot, rose rust and rose powdery mildew are the most common rose diseases. May also be affected by rose dieback, replant disease, a canker, honey fungus and a virus

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