Rosa woodsii ssp. ultramontana

Common Name:
Mountain wood rose
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Rosaceae (The Rose Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5-8 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Light pink
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Summer travelers along the east front of the Sierra are treated to the sight of great stretches of this shrub in bloom. It is equally showy in fall color. Like Rosa californica, it makes substantial thickets, from 3 to 8 feet or more in height. The leaves are light to medium green and unspectacular until fall, when they take on beautiful shades of yellow to crimson. The single flowers are up to 2 inches broad, few to a cluster, and variable in fragrance. The hips which follow are blazing scarlet. This rose is a tough and interesting shrub.