Dog Rose Hedging – Rosa Canina


Rosa Canina, widely known as Dog Rose, is a native British deciduous shrub that is often used for hedging. This robust and versatile plant is celebrated for its beautiful flowers, vivid fruits, and extensive wildlife benefits.

Dog Rose Hedging – Rosa Canina

Rosa Canina, widely known as Dog Rose, is a native British deciduous shrub that is often used for hedging. This robust and versatile plant is celebrated for its beautiful flowers, vivid fruits, and extensive wildlife benefits.

Description and Characteristics

The Dog Rose is a vigorous, scrambling shrub that typically grows to a height of 1-3 metres (3-10 feet), with arching stems covered in sharp, hooked prickles. The leaves are pinnately compound, bright green, and composed of 5-7 leaflets.

Dog Rose possesses a moderate to fast growth rate, gaining around 30-60cm (12-24 inches) each year. With favourable conditions and care, this plant can live for several decades.

Flowering, Fruits, and Reproduction

Dog Rose is known for its lovely, simple flowers that appear in late spring and early summer. These flowers, usually pale pink to white with a sweet, almost honey-like fragrance, are hermaphroditic and primarily pollinated by bees and flies.

In the autumn, the flowers give way to vibrant red-orange fruits known as “hips”. These hips, high in vitamin C, persist into the winter and provide a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.

Benefits to Wildlife

Dog Rose is a highly beneficial plant for wildlife. Its flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hoverflies, while the nutritious hips are favoured by birds, especially thrushes and blackbirds. The dense, thorny growth also provides excellent shelter and nesting sites for birds.

Ideal for British Gardens

Dog Rose is a fantastic choice for British garden designs, thanks to its aesthetic appeal, wildlife value, and low maintenance requirements. It creates a beautiful, informal hedge with seasonal interest, while its resilience to harsh weather, adaptability to various soil conditions, and tolerance to partial shade make it an easy-to-grow choice.

Furthermore, the Dog Rose’s hips have traditional uses in making jams, syrups, and herbal teas, adding a layer of utility to this charming plant.

Distribution in the UK

Being a native species, Dog Rose is widely found across the UK, typically in hedgerows, scrublands, and woodlands.

In summary, the Dog Rose, with its beautiful flowers, colourful hips, wildlife benefits, and low-maintenance nature, is a superb addition to any British garden design. Whether you’re aiming to create a wildlife-friendly garden, a robust hedge, or simply enjoy the charm of native species, Rosa Canina won’t disappoint.


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Root Type

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Stem Girth

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Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

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