A lovely native rose with lots of very slender yellow-red thorns, so close together that the stem almost appears bristly. Flowers are showy, pink, and lightly fragrant, appearing in June-August, then turning to plump red-orange rosehips, which themselves can be somewhat hairy. Leaves are compound, quite smooth, dark green and glossy, giving this species the "shining" part of its name. Tolerates wet conditions, occasional flooding, shallow and rocky soil, salt, sand, acid conditions, and drought. Of special value to both bumble bees and solitary native bees, some of which use parts of this plant as nesting material. Rosehips may be eaten by many types of wildlife. The shape of these plants also makes for excellent shelter and nesting habitat for thicket-nesting birds. Lovely fall and winter color, with the young colorful stems remaining attractive all winter long. Considered quite rare throughout much of its range, it's a treat to encounter this beautiful species along shores or the edges of wetlands.
3-6 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2b-6a
Native Range: ME south to NY. Native to Canada in ON, QC, NB, and NS. Rare in VT, CT, and NY
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