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Sweet-Brier (Rosa rubiginosa)

Sweet-Brier (Rosa rubiginosa)


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Also known as the Eglantine Rose, Sweet Briar can at first sight be mistaken for a Dog Rose. With similar flowers and foliage, the major difference between the two is that the Sweet Briar has leaves which give off a sweet apple scent, especially after rain or in humid conditions. Its dense, prickly habit of growth makes it a good impenetrable country garden hedge, or it can be used in mixed wildlife hedges. The flowers are borne singly or in clusters from May to June. The Sweet Briar does well on most soils except those which are very wet. It is very cold tolerant and copes well with exposed situations, coastal sites and chalky soils.

Suitable Soil Conditions

  • Alkali Soil
  • Heavy Soil

Suitable Site Conditions

  • Shaded Site

Ultimate Tree Height

  • 0 - 10m

Growth Rate

  • Fast