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Scotch Briar Rose

Rosa spinosissima
This European native is highly variable in nature and was cultivated there by 1600. It was introduced into American gardens before the eighteenth century. Scotch Briar Rose is of easy culture, producing an abundance of lovely flowers on arching branches. This rose may correspond to one Jefferson grew by the name of "Prim rose," a possible reference to the flower's resemblance to Primulas. Single yellow flowers produced abundantly on highly prickled, reddish stems. Shrubs grow to 4 feet high and spread by suckers.
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Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
white, yellow
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn Oval Bed
Blooming History: 
April 30, 2003 to June 4, 2003April 23, 2004 to May 14, 2004May 3, 2005 to June 10, 2005May 5, 2006 to May 24, 2006April 30, 2007 to May 29, 2007May 2, 2008 to June 6, 2008May 6, 2009 to June 1, 2009April 23, 2010 to June 9, 2010April 28, 2011 to May 18, 2011May 1, 2012 to June 1, 2012May 7, 2013 to June 19, 2013April 30, 2014 to June 15, 2014April 19, 2016 to June 6, 2016April 26, 2017 to June 23, 2017May 1, 2018 to June 27, 2018April 22, 2019 to May 31, 2019

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