Dog Rose Hedge Plants

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General Info Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Colour Pink (Light)
Type Hedging, Native
Ornamental Berries
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug
  Buy 11 or more bareroot roses and save

SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
30/50 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £1.56Out of Stock£1.25Out of Stock£1.09Out of Stock£1.01Out of Stock£0.94
60/80 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £2.16Out of Stock£1.73Out of Stock£1.51Out of Stock£1.40Out of Stock£1.30
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



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Rosa canina: Bareroot Hedging

Dog Rose is the cheapest and most commonly used native wild rose for use in prickly, secure country hedging. It is an incredibly hardy, fast-growing and versatile plant that will grow pretty much anywhere except on the very wettest sites. It carries clusters of single, scented pale pink flowers in early summer that bees love, and small red hips in autumn that attract birds.
Standing alone, they will grow to 1.5 metres, but when they are pushed up against other plants in a mixed hedge, they can reach over 3 metres.

View our selection of roses for hedging or see our range of thorny hedging plants.

Rosa canina hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Native. Very prickly.
  • Any soil except waterlogged.
  • Tolerates shade well.
  • Height: To 1.5m by itself, or over 3m in a mixed hedge.
  • Pale pink, scented flowers.
  • Red rose hips in autumn.
  • Great for bees & other insects.
  • Bareroot Delivery Only Nov-March

Growing Dog Rose

As a hedge plant, it will grow anywhere with a bit of sun and soil that is not waterlogged. If you are growing it as a shrub, it likes full sun to flower and fruit really well.

Spacing a Dog Rose hedge:

Standard country hedging: plant at 3 per metre, 33cm apart in a single row, or 5 per metre in a staggered double row, which has a W shape viewed top-down.

You can grow it as a climber/rambler over a fence, wall, or up a tree.

Dog Rose in your Garden

It is a very common component of mixed country hedging. It will make a decent enough, shaggy country hedge by itself, but it needs something like Hawthorn or Blackthorn to give it more structure.

Wild roses aren't often used as specimen shrubs, probably because there are so many amazing ornamental roses to choose from, but if your priority is helping wildlife, then they are the best choice by far.

Did You Know?

Other common names include dog, hep or bird briar, cankerberry, and cat whin.

When you see roses in medieval era heraldry, they are usually based on this one.

The oldest known specimen is the Tausendjähriger Rosenstock, the Thousand-years rosebush, growing up the side of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. It is about 9 metres tall and survived the carpet bombing by Allied forces that destroyed the cathedral itself in 1945, regrowing from the roots well before the cathedral was rebuilt.

It is on the RHS list of plants for pollinators.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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