Yesterday, I came across......


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.......this rambling, white rose in the wild. Sent a picture of it to the LOVE of my life, so, needless to say, we now have two cuttings potted and one cutting potted that had already developed roots. The flower doesn't look like any rose that I've seen before.....but the leaves and thorns scream, "I'm a rose".
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It might be a rugosa. Rugosas are very thorny, single petaled, and hardy as all get-out. They are sometimes used as hedges to prevent trespassers of the two- or four-legged varieties.
 
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I think it's a Dog rose. Rugosa's tend to have larger leaves and are covered in thorns along the stems. Rugosa's have larger flatter hips too. If can remember I'll take some shots of mine tomorrow. :)
 
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I think it's a Dog rose. Rugosa's tend to have larger leaves and are covered in thorns along the stems. Rugosa's have larger flatter hips too. If can remember I'll take some shots of mine tomorrow. :)
"Rosa canina, commonly known as the dog rose, is a variable climbing, wild rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. It is a deciduous shrub normally ranging in height from 1–5 metres, though sometimes it can scramble higher into the crowns of taller trees...."........Wikipedia..........Makes me wonder how it got to where I found it.
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It produces hips David and some birds eat them, so that is probably your answer. :)

Meanwhile I took the images of the Rugosa, sorry they are not in bloom yet, but you can see the thorns and the foliage below.

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Rugosa's are a species shrub rose growing to approximately 5 or 6ft in height and left to themselves will gradually spread putting up new shoots away from the main plant. If not controlled they will takeover.
 
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Just got back from going with my bride (a realtor) to show a house to her client........new construction with landscaping and this is the "rose" bush next to the front porch.
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