'R. nutkaensis' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Cass's Garden With Roses
Pink to lilac. Strong fragrance. 5 petals. Average diameter 2.25". Medium, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Long buds.
Armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, suckers on its own roots, upright, well-branched. Small, matte, light green foliage. 5 to 9 leaflets.
Height of 6' to 10' (185 to 305 cm). Width of 4' (120 cm).
USDA zone 3b and warmer. Produces decorative hips. shade tolerant. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy. Prune dead wood. Prune lightly or not at all.
According to the USDA, the species Rosa nutkana is comprised of four varieties:
R. nutkana var. hispida Fernald
R. nutkana var. muriculata (Greene) G.N. Jones
R. nutkana var. nutkana
R. nutkana var. setosa G.N. Jones
A 2007 revision of Rosa nutkana by Walter Lewis and Barbara Ertter proposes a different breakdown of the species into three subspecies:
R. nutkana subspecies nutkana, which encompasses both R. nutkana var. setosa and R. nutkana var. muriculata
R. nutkana subspecies melina
R. nutkana subspecies macdougalii, which encompasses R. nutkana var. hispida
These names are different ways of dividing up the pie chart of all of Rosa nutkana.
The native range of Rosa nutkana is from northern California north through British Columbia into Kodiak Island, Alaska, and east to Idaho, Colorado and Montana and possibly New Mexico. Herbarium specimens are online at at the Missouri Botanical Garden Specimen Database.
Lloyd Brace at The Roseraie at Bayfields describes the blossoms of this rose as clear lilac-pink and single, generously endowed with pale yellow stamens... the foliage is dark with a grayish cast, turning brilliant orange in the fall. Hips are purple-red.