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Scientific Name: Rosa nutkana
Pronunciation: ROE-zuh nut-KAY-nuh
Common Name: Nootka rose
Family Name: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Key ID Features: Medium to tall shrub (0.5-) 1.5-3 m tall, spreading by rhizomes and often thicket-forming; stems stout to spindly, erect to arching, with a pair of large prickles at each node (usually lacking internodal prickles); mature stems blackish; leaflets 1-7 cm long, coarsely double-toothed (common on coast) or single (east of the Cascade Mountains); flowers 4-8 cm wide, usually solitary (or 2 or 3 in a cluster); petals (2) 2.5-4 cm long; sepals 1.5-4 cm long, persistent; hips globe- to pear-shaped, 1-2 cm long, ripens into a purplish-red, with numerous achenes. (Modified from E-Flora BC.)
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 4 Apprenticeship

Habit: Arching, Dense, Spreading, Twiggy, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:2 - 3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Rocky or gravelly or dry
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Attract birds, Erosion control, Fall interest, Forestry, Fragrance, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Hedge row, Herb, Mixed shrub border, Reclamation, Screening, Summer interest, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Additional Info: Google. Similar to Rosa woodsii but sepals have glandular trichomes on back of flower. Two varieties occur in BC: 1) var. nutkana has doubly saw-toothed leaflets, the teeth gland-tipped; infrastipular prickles becoming much enlarged and flattened toward base; plants mostly west of Coast-Cascade Mountains; 2) var. hispida has singly saw-toothed leaflets, the teeth not gland-tipped; prickles rarely enlarged and flattened; plants mostly east of Coast-Cascade Mountains. (Modified from E-Flora BC.)
Nootka rose
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Compound
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glandular hairs
Compound Leaf: Odd-pinnate
Colour in Fall: Green, Green-yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Ovate
Apices: Acute, Obtuse
Margins: Serrate

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Perigynous
Colour (petals): Showy, Pink
Flower Scent: Fragrant, Sweet
Flower Time at Peak: Jun, Jul
Additional Info: usually solitary on branchlets or in groups of 2 or 3; 5 to 7.5 cm wide; petals 2.5 to 4 cm long; sepals bristly; pedicels bristly

Fruit Type: Achene, Aggregate fruit
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Showy, Accessory tissue, Persistent, Fruit type is commonly referred to as a rose 'hip'.

Bark Morphology: Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Grey, Brown, Dark brown, Black
Organ Modifications: Leaf-like bracts, Prickles, Rhizomes, Stipule, leafy

Propagation: Seed, Cuttings
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Drought resistant, Crown rot, Mites, Rust, Scale insects, Canker or sap rot, Thrips, Galls, Fungal leaf spot, Virus, Blight or needle cast, Diptera - true flies, Mildew
Specific Pests: deer, rabbits
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