California wild rose

Rosa californica


The California wild rose is a remarkably robust deciduous shrub producing many spiny stems, 3-6 ft. tall and spreading by underground stems as far as space and moisture permit. Medium green foliage is comprised of pinnately divided leaves with 5-7 coarsely toothed leaflets. Bright rose to pink colored flowers with 5 petals occur in spring; colorful red berry-like fruit mature in fall.

California wild rose is native to riparian and moist woodland habitats from Oregon to northern Baja California. It has proven to be a highly adaptable plant that is easily grown in native plant gardens and for restoration projects. It combines well with other native species on the Western Sycamore Palette and is useful as a barrier plant with an attractive display of flowers for seasonal color in the spring.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous, Drought deciduous
Habit: Upright, Spreading, Sprawling, Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Moist soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Moderate shade
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Screening, Restoration, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Attracts bees
Height: 3 ft. – 6 ft.
Width: 8 ft. – 10 ft.