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Canina Rose

Canina Rose

Species: Rosa canina

History: Rosa canina, or dog rose, is a climbing rose native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Dog roses have long been an important part of European culture where they have been used medicinally for centuries and are featured in numerous works of literature such as poems and Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. Hidelsheim Cathedral in Germany houses the Thousand Year Rose which is a dog rose believed to have been planted when the cathedral was founded in 810. Although it may not be that old, it has been documented growing there for at least 400 years and even survived when the cathedral was bombed during WW2.

Why We Grow It: Along with its storied past, dog roses produce lovely pale pink flowers that help to attract pollinators. The rosehips they produce, small seedy 'berries,' are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. They can be used to make a variety of things such as teas, wines, jams, and jellies. The petals of the flowers can also be added to salads, candied, or turned into syrup.

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Preserves, tea, fresh eating (petals)

Fruit Size: Small

Storage: Dried rosehips can last several months to a year

Harvest: September

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Prefers moist but well-drained soils, but is tolerant of many types of soils and conditions

Flowering Time: Summer

Bloom Colour: Pale pink

Pollination Requirements: Self-pollinating

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily) is preferable but will tolerate partial shade

General Growth Habits:

Grows anywhere from 3-15ft tall and wide, climbing rose, has thorns. Somewhat pest and disease resistant but somewhat susceptible to rose rust and mildew. Flowers June to August, harvest rosehips September to November.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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