Climbing Rose with Giant Thorns???

neroliApril 19, 2008

I live in Maryland and have recently purchased a beautiful 1920's Cape Cod home for restoration. The yard of this house has been neglected for at least five years and in pruning back the overgrown shrubbery I have discovered all sorts of flowers and garden plants struggling to survive. While removing a feral tree growing on the side of the house I was astonished when I found a long, green vine with huge, wide-spaced thorns. I call it a vine because it is very long, and winds up through the shrubbery and has no tendrils or climbing attachments. I estimate the vine to be about ten feet in length and the thorns to be about an inch to an inch and a half in length. It was such an unusual plant I decided to leave it alone and keep an eye on it. A couple of days ago, with the onset of spring temperatures, I discovered sprouting leaves that to my surprise have every appearance of rose leaves. I would never believe this plant to be a rose because it is just so strange, the most similar plants I have seen to it have been on the African plains. If someone could identify it for me and give advice about its care I would greatly appreciate it. If it buds and flowers I will be very excited and post an update.

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you should probably prune back branches and shrubs and things such as that and let it get some light, then treat it like a rose bush and see if it blooms.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 7:20PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

I wouldn't cut it until after it blooms. Then, take photos of the bloom, leaves and stem. That's the only way we'll have any chance of identifying the plant. I say not to cut it back just in case it is a once blooming rose. Once-bloomers set bud on last year's growth, and if you cut it now, you'll lose this year's blooms. If it blooms more than once during the season, then you can cut it back leter.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 3:44PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

I don't know of a rose with thorns as long as you describe. I will be interested to see what the blooms look like.

It's good to hear how enthusiastic you are about your new home and I hope you keep us posted on any more treasures you uncover in your yard!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 11:40PM
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does the thorns look like these?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 4:07PM
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