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Similar but less problematic plants:
Jasminum officinale 'Frojas' leaves, April, Davidson County, NC
Rosa laevigata is often confused with:
Rosa setigera
Native alternative(s) for Rosa laevigata:
Clematis crispa Clematis crispa
Gelsemium sempervirens Close up of funnel shaped flower
Hydrangea barbara Flowers
Passiflora lutea Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Passiflora incarnata Flower
Robinia pseudoacacia Mature form
Quercus nigra Quercus nigra
Rosa laevigata has some common insect problems:
Rose Pest Management Calendar
Pests of Rose

Cherokee Rose Rosa laevigata

Phonetic Spelling
ROH-sah ly-vih-GAY-tah
Description

Cherokee rose is a vigorus climbing; semi-evergreen vine in the Roseaceae (rose) family.  While is is not native to North Carolina is has naturalized here.

Plant in the sun to partial shade and it tolerates a wide range of soil types.  While it tolerates partial shade and poor soil the best flowering and disease resistance occurs in thefull sun.

Spreading rapidliy with arching canes that contain numerous hooked prickles, glossy dark green leaves and showy fragrant white flowers. Prune as needed in the late winter and while it is typically grown as vine, it can be pruned into a 6 foot shrub.   Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keeps roots cool, and discourages weeds.  This plant is resistant to browsing by deer.

Works well grown on a trellis or fence or sprawling over a wall though be aware of high traffic areas as it is quite prickly (thorny).   The fragrant flowers attract butterflies so it makes a great addition to vertical space in a pollinator or buttefly-themed garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This species rose is generally not susceptible to the disease and insect pests that attack many of the hybrid roses. Insect pests include aphids, beetles, borers, scale, spider mites, thrips, rose midges and leafhoppers. Potential disease problems include black spot, powdery mildew, and rust.  To prevent foliar diseases avoid overhead watering and promote circulation promotes.  Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, and from the ground around the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup during the dormant season.   Will spread aggressively in certain parts of the southeastern U.S. 

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Anemone'
Tags:
#thorns#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#white flowers#wildlife plant#showy fruits#fast growing#cpp#fences#trellises#deer resistant#glossy leaves#red fruits#agressive#prickly#edible fruits#pollinator plant#orange fruits#poor soils tolerant#nectar plant spring#garden walls#butterfly friendly#flowers spring
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Anemone'
Tags:
#thorns#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#white flowers#wildlife plant#showy fruits#fast growing#cpp#fences#trellises#deer resistant#glossy leaves#red fruits#agressive#prickly#edible fruits#pollinator plant#orange fruits#poor soils tolerant#nectar plant spring#garden walls#butterfly friendly#flowers spring
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rosa
    Species:
    laevigata
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & Southern China to Vietnam and Taiwan
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
    Edibility:
    Rose hips are edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 60 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Rose
    Shrub
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Climbing
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Large orange-red edible rose hips.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large (3-4 inches), fragrant, single blooms in spring; does not repeat; 5 petals white petals with yellow stamens bloom for weeks in the spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green, glossy trifoliate leaves with toothed margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Poor Soil