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'Sweetbriar' rose Description
'R. rubiginosa' rose photo
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Light pink, medium pink Species.
Exhibition name: R. rubiginosa
Introduced in Australia by Camden Park in 1850 as 'R. rubiginosa'.
Hybrid Rubiginosa, Species / Wild.  
Light pink.  Bristly glandular pedicel.  Strong, green apple fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 1.5".  Single (4-8 petals) bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  Fragrant buds.  
Arching, armed with thorns / prickles.  Fragrant foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 6' to 15' (185 to 455cm).  Width: 5' to 8' (150 to 245cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Drought resistant.  produces decorative hips.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
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R. rubiginosa Linnaeus (1771) Foliage smells like apples.

Rosa villosa is the species most usually called the Apple Rose, because its hips look like small apples. In a few European countries, R. rubiginosa is sometimes also known as the Apple Rose because the leaves and buds smell like apples.

From Roses of America, p. 41: One of the most famous references to it is in Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream, where Oberon describes Titania's bower:
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows;
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

The Eglantine is a European species, but its history of use as a root stock for many rose varieties means that it has naturalized (sometimes invasively so) beyond its native range, including to North and South America, Australasia, and Southern Africa.
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