Hardy, late spring-flowering shrub
Description: Bears clusters of soft, mauve-pink, single flowers through early summer, followed by reddish-purple hips in fall. Grayish-purple foliage and reddish-green stems.
Habit: Grows to 5 feet high with arching branches
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and rich garden loam
Attributes: Attracts birds and butterflies, showy fruit
Hardiness: USDA Zones 2 through 8
This European species was being cultivated by 1830 as much for its ornamental foliage, stems and fruits as for its simple flowers. It grows wild in the mountains of Europe from the Pyrenees to Albania. The fruits are extremely attractive to birds and the plant is often spread in this fashion. It was used in early rose hybridization along with the dog roses (Rosa canina), Scotch Roses and American rose species.