Swamp Rose

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Pretty pink petals, the hardy flowering native Swamp Rose Bush (Rosa palustris) is a hardy deciduous shrub with dense, mounding, arching branches and thorny canes that will be filled with lovely single pink petals with a delightful Rose scent!

The dark-green, pinnately compound foliage and showy, soft-pink flowers that appear in summer and bloom until autumn! The centers feature a frilly central crown of is often pink or orange-red, rather than yellow! Even blossoms snipped for bouquets give off that classic Rose scent and outdoors, your pollinators are irresistibly drawn in!

Wild Roses like the Swamp Roses, produce bright red Rose Hips for winter interest and are eagerly eaten by a wide variety of birds and other wildlife! Humans adore these Rosehips as well in fall bouquets and winter interest, or dried for tea or preserves!

Planting and Application:

Ideal wetland plants, Shrub Rose bushes form thick, thorny branches and are safe havens for roosting and nesting birds, making these fantastic in bird-friendly landscapes! These shrubs provide songbirds with everything they need, from fruit to eat in fall, caterpillar meals for their chicks, and twiggy habitat for nesting!

Those thorny canes become a formidable hedge and shelterbelt that few will dare cross. Fantastic backdrops and property-defining hedges and border plantings, native Rose bushes have incredibly easy-going beauty and low-maintenance three-season color and screening!

Swamp Rose, as its name implies, tolerates occasionally wet soil and edges of a pond or bog marshes. It is generally found along stream banks and ponds, so it will look fantastic in Cottage gardens and Rain Gardens!

These Pollinator Garden backdrops and specimens provide nectar-rich and pollen-rich blooms are a boon to bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects, feeding them plenty of food from a shrub they recognize as they have evolved alongside these hardy native shrubs!

  • Light Pink Single Petals & Soft Rose Scent
  • Pollinator Garden Plants - Pollen & Nectar Resource
  • Value to Native Bees & Pollinators
  • Showy Rose Hips for Winter Interest, Jams, Tea & Bird Food
  • Long-Lived Wetland & Native Garden Plant
  • Barrier Plantings, Hedges, Wetland & Rain Gardens, & Native Specimens
  • Naturalized Thickets & Shelterbelts

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Adaptable to a shade and part shade, you'll get the best flowering and Rosehip display in full sun. Be sure to baby new Rose plants in their first season. You'll get the best results if you provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. However, Nearly Wild is tough enough to tolerate drought quite well once its root system is well established in your native soil. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch to protect the roots for life!

Use a fertilizer designed for Roses according to the directions. Please keep nitrogen-heavy lawn fertilizers away from Rose bushes, or you'll wind up encouraging green foliage and see few blooms.

Wild Rose is adaptable to most types of soils, as long as they are well-drained. If you see puddles long after a rain, bring in additional soil and heap it into a mound 18 - 24 inches high, and plant in that mound. Or, create a raised planting bed to improve drainage.

Rose Bushes normally need pampered and in optimal conditions, but the Swamp Rose is a different breed. Easy care and adaptable, it's a great wetland plant! Prune this Rose in early spring just as it starts to show signs of new growth. Cut all of the stems down to 6-8 inches or so to eliminate much of the old stems. Removing the dense and thorny old wood with renewal pruning will allow fresh new growth to develop from the base. This keeps your shrub flowering and allows the fall display of Rose Hips to remain.

Find more about winterizing, and un-wintering your Roses in our Garden Blog, plus all the tips and tricks you need when pruning your new prize Rose bush!

  • Full Sun, Part Sun & Shade (Fewer Flowers in Shade)
  • Tolerates A Wide Range of Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Moist to Wet Rich Soil
  • Mulch Well in Drier & Hotter Climates
  • Prune Very Early Spring

For a profusion of soft pink, delicately fragrant blooms, and ornamental Rose Hips, the hardy native Swamp Rose Bush is a perfect and worthy native! Order your wetland natives at NatureHills.com today and support your local ecosystem and pollinators!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Swamp Rose Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3- 9
Growing Zones 3- 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rosa palustris
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 -6 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 6 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes