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Rosa arvensis

field rose

R. arvensis is a vigorous, thorny, rambling shrub with long arching or scrambling purple stems and slightly fragrant, single creamy-white flowers in mid summer, followed by oval orange-red hips

Other common names
briar
briar bush
see morebrier
briar rose [2]
Synonyms
Rosa repens

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
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

How to grow

Cultivation

Ideal for groundcover or rambling. Grow in full sun with moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring. Tolerant of poor soil and shade; good for woodland or hedgerow planting. Good for ornamental fruits. See also rose cultivation

Propagation

Species roses come true to type if raised from by seed. Propagate hardwood cuttings in autumn, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or by layering or chip budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning roses

Pests

Can suffer from aphids, rose leafhopper, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars, large rose sawfly and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Deer and rabbits can cause damage

Diseases

Though relatively trouble free can be affected by rose rust, rose powdery mildew and rose black spot

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