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Swamp Rose

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  • Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
  • Mature Height 6 - 7 Feet
  • Mature Spread 6 - 7 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

A lovely North American native Rose that grows on the eastside of the Mississippi. Swap Rose can be found in wet areas and tolerates seasonal flooding much better than hybrid roses.The pale pink single blooms attract bees and butterflies that depend on the nectar all summer long. Birds and other small animals depend on the red, juicy hips for food during the winter.

The upright growing habit of Swamp Rose makes this deciduous shrub an excellent candidate for addition to an informal native hedge design or as part of zone 2 in a Rain Garden plan. This rose is a vigorous grower and spreads easily by underground suckers and makes it an easy choice for larger naturalized garden areas. Diseases and pests do not bother this rose. Deer are not an issue and rabbits are more likely to use the shrub as shelter and protection than food.

Swamp Rose Care

Native Roses love to be in full sun, but they do tolerate shade early in the morning or late in the afternoon  much better than hybrid shrub varieties. Regular watering will be necessary until Swap Rose is established.Native Roses are not drought tolerant. Mulching with organic compost or leaves will improve the soil and make it more moisture retentive over time. Soil pH can be anywhere from acidic to alkaline. Drainage needs to be good.

Pruning of Swamp Rose should only be done to control where this shrub spreads. Cutting out one third of the older canes each fall will keep this vigorous spreader in bounds. Fertilizing is rarely necessary. Over feeding of Swamp Rose will encourage mass amounts of foliage, not more blooms. Large amounts of weak new growth will encourage aphids to attack this plant. 

Swamp Rose Spacing

Planting Swamp Rose as a hedge is very effective and provides good coverage in a naturalized area of the garden. The mature height and width of this rose is 6-7 feet. Spacing the plants out at 6 foot on center will ensure plenty of air circulation around the foliage.

Swamp Rose Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
Mature Height: 6 - 7 Feet
Mature Spread: 6 - 7 Feet
Spacing: 6 - 7 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: June To September
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Disease
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Groundcovers, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Native to North America
Common Name: Swamp Rose
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: ROSA PALUSTRIS

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Swamp Rose Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Karli Perry on Jul 12, 2022

    I ordered two plants from Plant Addicts and both arrived in great condition and were of a good size for the price. Due to local drought conditions, I kept them watered daily for the first several weeks. They look as good as when I received them, maybe better.

  • 4
    healthy and beautiful!

    Posted by Cherry Barton on Jul 05, 2022

    My plant is doing well so far and I'm looking forward to getting more flowers in a few more months!