How to Identify a Wild White Rose Bush


Wild white rose varieties include the Rosa laevigata "Cherokee Rose," the official state flower of Georgia, and the Rosa woodsii Lindl. Wild roses require no maintenance and grow in a wide range of soil types. The wild rose can be found in open woods, prairies and dry slopes. Identifying the wild white rose can help you manage these plants when you use them for your landscape.

  • Examine the flowers. Wild white roses come in clusters, with each flower having five petals and numerous stamens, the organs containing pollen. Colors can range from white to dark rose.

  • Notice the leaves. Wild white roses have small, oval leaves that alternate on the stem, have teeth on the edges, and have shiny surfaces.

  • Observe the stems. Wild white roses have gray or reddish-brown stems containing small curved or straight thorns. New buds appear shiny and red on the stem.

  • Note the height of the shrub. Wild white rose bushes grow from 2 to 5 feet tall.

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