Identify Beach Rose

edlincoln(6A)October 2, 2012

This rose was found growing on the beach in Massachusetts. It has lots of tiny thorns and flattish rose hips the size of small tomatoes (Almost two inches wide and flat). Mostly passed blooming now, but still has a few flowers.

It's important because there are a couple species it could be, one is native, one is invasive. Depending on what it is, I may try to take cuttings and spread it around.

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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Without a picture it is very difficult to make a guess.

That being said, rugosa roses have lots of little prickly thorns and their hips are as you describe. Their leaves have ridges on the surface and I often see them in beach areas here on the west coast.

I'll put a link to some HelpMeFind search results for rugosas -- click on the rose names and you can see more photos, some including stems, leaves and some hips:

Here is a link that might be useful: rugosa search results

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 11:21PM
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edlincoln(6A)

Sorry! The picture didn't upload for some reason.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 7:41PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Oh, yes - definitely a rugosa, I'll link the Wikipedia description below, which mentions that it is a common beach rose in Massachusetts:

Here is a link that might be useful: Rosa Rugosa

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 7:53PM
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