'Sweet Briar' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Museo Giardino della Rosa Antica
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Light pink. Strong, green apple fragrance. 5 petals. Average diameter 1.5". Single (4-8 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Fragrant buds.
Arching, armed with thorns / prickles. Fragrant foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 6' to 15' (185 to 455 cm). Width of 5' to 8' (150 to 245 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Drought resistant. produces decorative hips. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.
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R. rubiginosa Linnaeus (1771) Foliage smells like apples.
From Roses of America, p. 41: One of the most famous references to it is in Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream, where Oberon describes Titania's bower:
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows;
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
The Eglantine has naturalized in North America, where it is found far and wide. Britton and Brown documented it in Virginia and Tennessee as Rosa rubiginosa (Britton & Brown, not Linnaeus). It is also found along the coast of California, where it is a favorite food of the native deer and a sad windblown sight, and in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.