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A unique species rose from western China, Moyes' rose sports loads of fire-red single blooms early in the season followed by spectacular urn-shaped hips of orange-red. Natural populations of this large, deciduous shrub exist in open alpine and sub-alpine regions. The hips are edible and make great forage for wildlife. Wild-type forms are pretty ungainly maintaining loose, sprawling habits, but the hybrid 'Geranium' is more compact and better suited to the garden.
The bristly, spiny branches of this rose produce rich green, ferny compound leaves that turn vibrant shades of bronzy yellow and orange in fall. Beautiful single roses of coppery red with spidery yellow stamens are produced from late spring to summer. The delicate roses have a light fragrance that varies from plant to plant. Large, elongated, urn-shaped hips of rich red offer visual interest and persist into fall and early winter.
Moyes' rose prefers full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. It is somewhat disease resistant. Good care and regular pruning will keep it looking its best. This rose blooms on old wood, so old, dead or dying canes should be cut out after flowering to maintain good appearance, airflow and overall health.
Though a bit informal, well-maintained Moyes' roses provide a wealth of garden interest, and their appealing hips provide important forage to wildlife.
Edible, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Sharp or Has Thorns