The native roses are suckering shrubs bearing pink, single petaled flowers loved by beneficial insects and pollinators. They yield rose hips that persist into fall and winter and are relished by birds and other wildlife. The roses are of special value to native bees for their pollen and nesting material.
The two species we have at the moment are difficult to distinguish from one another visually. They are both prickly, suckering shrubs bearing single petaled pink roses. They will fill the early summer air with their heady signature rose fragrance. Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina) is smaller in ultimate size than Virginia Rose (Rosa virginiana). Whatever site you choose, it should be SPACIOUS.
They are drought tolerant and beautiful additions to any hedgerow. Use for massing or naturalizing.