'Rosa nutkana C.Presl' rose References
Article (website) (2008)
Rosa nutkana C. Pressl var. nutkana , synonym Rosa durandii Crép.
Native to California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska in low to moderate elevations.
Book (2002) Includes photo(s).
Rosa nutkana. Nootka Rose
Zones: 5-8; sun, part sun
Soil: Moist to moderately dry
Native to: Shorelines, thickets, clearings, and roadsides; British Columbia to Oregon
Size: height 5-10 feet, width 3-5 feet
Color: Soft pink; blooms early to midsummer
Nootka rose is usually a caney, rounded shrub spreading to form thickets. Flowers, borne singly atop the new twigs, are among the largest of any of the wild roses, up to 3 inches in diameter. A typical plant will bea rmed with a pair of stout, infrastipular thorns but not many bristles, except on young, vigorous twigs.....foliage is thin and dull green...
Article (website) (2001) Includes photo(s).
Note: This website by Dr. Ertter differentiates California's native roses with comparative tables as well as descriptions and pictures.
Subgenus Rosa, Section Cinnamomeae. hexaploid (n=21) Thicket-Forming Roses
Rosa nutkana var. nutkana
"California is the southern end of the range....Although reported in The Jepson Manual as occurring only as far south as Mendocino County..., the Nootka rose has now been verified in coastal marshes of Marin and San Luis Obispo counties as well, perhaps intergrading with R. californica.
"Flowers and hips relatively large, often solitary... [T]hick-based paired prickles in upper part of plant. Prickles often dense. Edge of coastal marshes and inland clearings, below 700 meter elevation."
Book (1996) Page(s) 191.
Rosa nutkana Presl
Shrub .3 - 3 m tall, armed with stout, straight or curved prickles, the infrastipular prickles distinctly larger than the internodal ones. Leaves with 5-9 leaflets; stipules dilated, glandular; rachis glandular and often prickly; leaflets oval, rounded at both ends or acute at tips, hairy and gland dotted beneath, serrate. Flowers solitary or in twos or threes, 50-75 mm across. Sepals sometimes leaflike. Fruit usually globular, 1 cm or more in diameter. Illustration.
var. nutkana distinguished by infrastipular prickles that are very stout and leaflet margins double serrate and glandular. Range: coastal in thickets from Alaska to California.
Book (Mar 1994) Page(s) 91. Includes photo(s).
Rosa nutkana Description, vital statistics and tips
Magazine (1988) Page(s) 449-450. Includes photo(s).
New or Little Known Plants. Rosa Nutkana. The most showy of our western Roses, as well as the most clearly defined, with the exception of the delicate Rosa gymnocarpa, is the Nutka Rose. It has the largest flowers and the largest fruit of any of our species, and its armature is liable to become on occasion the most formidable. It is frequent along the Pacific coast from the Alaskan peninsula to the Columbia River, where it was first collected by Menzies upon Vancouver's visit to that region, and somewhat later by Haenke at Nutka Sound. It ranges eastward from the coast through the mountains near the boundary of north-western Montana, and thence southward into Utah. It is rather stout in its habit and with rather broad foliage, very rarely nearly spineless, usually armed with broad, flat spines at the base of the leaves, and occasionally, especially the young shoots, with scattered prickles. The spines are either straight or recurved, and sometimes they become larger even than they are represented in our figure, and very numerous. As usual in our Roses, the pubescence is very variable, the leaves being either perfectly glabrous and bright green, or softly pubescent, and very frequently resinous-puberulent, in which case, as in other species, the teeth are usually also glandular-serrulate. The inflorescence is ordinarily wholly smooth , hispidness occurring but rarely on either the pedicels or any part of the flower. As in all the other species of that region, in distinction from most of those of the Rocky Mountains and the East, the sepals never have lateral appendages or lobes. The fruit is globose or somewhat depressed, of a bright scarlet, and often over half an inch in diameter. Our figure has been drawn by Mr. Faxon from a plant grown at the Arnold Arboretum. S.W. [Sereno Watson]
Book (1988) Page(s) 162.
location 146/11, 150/1, R. nutkana Presl., CINNAMOMEAE, western North America, 1876, light pink to lilac-pink, single, moderate fragrance, floriferous, late-blooming, bushy, upright, 1.5-3 m, branched, broad, many bristles + prickles, light green small matte foliage, 5-9 leaflets, light orange-red large glossy slightly glandular rounded to pear-shaped fruit, upright-reflexed persistent sepals, few hips
Book (2 Jan 1984) Page(s) 8. Includes photo(s).
Article (magazine) (1938) Page(s) 76.
R. nutkana (hexaploid)
Book (1937) Page(s) 75.
Nutkana Pressl. (Cinn. America) [pollen quality] 88% [ploidy] 42