17 Roses with Beautiful Rosehips for All-Season Appeal

Roses grace the garden with gorgeous blooms, fragrance, and form. They also produce beautiful rosehips! Extend the interest in roses by fostering hips that enliven the fall and winter garden in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Rosehips are also a valuable food source for wildlife. Energize the cool season garden with roses that produce abundant hips. Join garden professional Katherine Rowe in exploring roses with beautiful hips for multi-season interest.

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We adore roses for their standout characteristics – bloom color, luscious petals, and heady fragrance – but their elegance doesn’t stop there. Roses are also cultivated for unique features like canes, thorns, and rosehips. These features can bring multi-season interest and beauty beyond the rose bloom.

A plant with multi-season interest is a top performer in the garden. To find this added appeal in a rose? So much the better. These roses also bring value to garden biodiversity as pollen, forage, and shelter sources. Encourage rosehip production and leave the hips as an important cool-season food source for birds and small mammals.

What are Rosehips?

Close-up of a rose plant with hips on a blurred green background. The rose has pinnately compound leaves with oval, toothed leaflets of green color. Rose hips are bright red in color, oval in shape, with smooth glossy skin.
Rosehips, the post-pollination fruits of roses, vary in color, size, and shape.

Rosehips are the fruits that develop after summer pollination. The rosehips hold the true fruits of the rose – the achenes – or individual seeds. Rosehips are as varied as the rose flower, ranging in color, size, and shape. They can be smooth, prickly, or hairy in yellow, orange, red, and deep violet hues, and round, elliptical, oval, or pear shapes. They range from tiny to large, singular, or in clusters.

Rosehips start from the calyx hard and green and transition in color as the season progresses and days get cooler and shorter. The seeds grow inside the hip, and the rosehip expands and becomes fleshy.

Rosehip Benefits

Close-up of a man's hand picking red rose hips in the garden. The rose plant features pinnately compound leaves with serrated edges, showing a lush and glossy texture. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. The hips are small, oval, and vibrant red.
Rosehips provide vital nutrition for wildlife and humans in various culinary and medicinal applications.

Rosehips are a significant food source for birds and small mammals. They are packed with vitamin C and proteins, giving essential nutrients in the fall and winter when fewer food sources are readily available.

People enjoy the same edible values of the rosehip. Rosehips are used in jellies, jams, syrups, and teas. They are also used in herbal medicine and to create rosehip oil.

The Best Roses for Rosehips

Close-up of a blooming Rosa glauca in a garden against a blurred background. The plant's leaves are a striking blue-green to purple hue, possessing a finely pinnate structure with serrated edges. Rosa glauca produces delicate, five-petaled flowers that are pale pink in color.
Rosehips form on easily pollinated roses, especially the single blooms of wild roses.

All roses can produce rosehips. We sometimes don’t see them because of deadheading, where we cut back spent blooms to encourage repeat blooming. Also, densely petaled roses may not be pollinated as readily as open-face roses, where bees, butterflies, and other insects easily reach the pollen center.

In this vein, most hips come from plants with single or double blooms, where easily accessible stamens attract pollinators. These are often species (wild) roses, old garden roses, and shrub roses, among other single-flower roses, where hip production is abundant,

How to Encourage Rosehips

Close-up of Rosa spinosissima with ripe hips in the garden. The leaves are small, pinnately compound, and dark green with a serrated edge, giving the plant a refined appearance. The plant produces round and glossy hips that are blue-purple, almost black.
Stop deadheading in late summer and postpone pruning until late winter to encourage rosehips.

To foster rosehips, stop deadheading and pruning roses in August or September to allow blooms to set hips. Let the blooms fade naturally. Hold off on pruning again until late winter when rosehips have dropped, withered, or been eaten.

Avoid using sprays so that rosehips remain edible for people and wildlife.

Virginia Rose

Close-up of a blooming Rosa virginiana against a blurred green background. This native North American shrub boasts pinnately compound leaves with serrated edges, showing a rich green color. It produces clusters of fragrant, five-petaled pink flowers, adding a delicate charm to the landscape.
Native North American Virginia roses feature robust, showy blooms, attractive rosehips, and wildlife benefits.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa virginiana
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 4-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Virginia roses, native to North America, are shrubby, wild woodland roses with pink blooms on stout, hairy stems. Single deep pink flowers with bright yellow stamens bloom in summer. Flowers are large and showy and attract bees and other pollinators.

The rosehips are burgundy red, large, and slightly flattened. They color early, giving outstanding seasonal interest and attracting birds and other wildlife. Leaves provide beautiful fall color, and hips persist into winter after foliage drops.

Virginia rose is a robust, showy native rose with a long bloom season. It is adaptable to a variety of conditions and is salt tolerant. It forms a natural hedge and is perfect for the native garden, border planting, and cottage garden. Virginia rose also provides excellent shelter for wildlife.

Dog Rose

Close-up of Rosa canina in a sunny garden. This deciduous shrub features pinnately compound leaves with serrated edges, creating a lush and vibrant green backdrop. Dog Rose produces round, red to orange hips with a glossy finish.
Rosa canina has fragrant flowers and red, teardrop-shaped hips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa canina
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 9 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-7

The dog rose, Rosa canina, gets its species name (meaning “sharp teeth”)  from its curved, pointed thorns. A wild climber, dog roses have fragrant, large, white-to-pink single flowers with yellow stamens that attract bees, flies, beetles, and other insects. The dog rose blooms beautifully in June and July.

Once pollinated, blooms fade, and striking red oval-shaped hips emerge. Most rosehip products are derived from Rosa canina. The fleshy hip is edible, but avoid the tiny hairs inside the flesh. These hairs protect the seeds but can be an irritant when consumed.

The dog rose is a rambling beauty in meadows and fields, as hedges, and along banks. Use it to feather the formal garden into a natural periphery. However, if you live in the range where it is classed as an invasive species, another rose will be better suited to your landscape. Check with your extension office before planting.

Swamp Rose

Close-up of a blooming Rosa palustris, commonly known as the Swamp Rose, in a garden. This deciduous shrub features pinnately compound leaves with serrated edges. Swamp Rose produces single, five-petaled pink flowers with a subtle fragrance.
Native swamp roses feature fragrant blooms, colorful foliage, and crimson hips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa palustris
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 3-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

The native swamp rose features fragrant, single blooms in early summer. The flowers are a sweet light pink, followed by vibrant fall leaf color and clusters of round, crimson hips.

The rosehips are pea-sized and fleshy red. They’re enjoyed by songbirds, quail, and wild turkeys.

Swamp rose is well suited to moist soils and tolerates sites that experience occasional water, like near ponds, lakes, marshes, and rain gardens. Swamp rose is perfect for naturalized garden areas to provide pollen, forage, and shelter for butterflies and other pollinators, birds, and small mammals.

‘Penelope’

Close-up of blooming Rosa 'Penelope' with water drops. This repeat-flowering rose cluster features of soft pink, cup-shaped blooms. The petals have a gentle ruffle and surround a central cluster of golden stamens. The foliage is dark green and glossy, providing a lush backdrop to the delicate blossoms.
Award-winning Rosa ‘Penelope’ boasts large, fragrant blooms, colorful rosehips, and stunning foliage for landscapes.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Penelope’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 4-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-11

Rosa ‘Penelope’ is an award-winning beauty featuring showy bloom clusters and a long bloom season. Clusters of shell pink buds become large, white saucer blooms in spring and rebloom continuously from summer through fall. Flowers reach six inches across with 16 to 25 petals each and have a strong hybrid musk fragrance.

Rosehips give unique winter interest with their hues of orange-pink. Another exciting feature is Penelope’s foliage. Young leaves have a coppery tint, becoming dark, glossy green as they grow.

‘Penelope’ makes a gorgeous specimen planting and accent in foundations, walkways, and the cottage garden.

‘Earth Song’

Top view, close-up of 'Earth Song' rose in bloom in the garden. This vigorous and upright shrub produces large, deep pink to crimson blooms with a classic high-centered form. The dark green foliage serves as an elegant backdrop to the vibrant blossoms.
The vigorous Earth Song rose blooms in deep pink, transitions to glossy green leaves, and produces colorful rosehips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Earth Song’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

‘Earth Song’ is a vigorous bloomer with deep rose pink petals and lighter shading on petal edges. Cupped flowers are double blooms that bloom continually all season. The shrub rose has a bushy, upright habit with young leaves bronze-red that mature to deep, glossy green.

After the vibrant blooms fade, round rosehips emerge green and turn bright orange over the cool season.

‘Earth Song’ is winter hardy and disease-resistant, making it an easy care, showy rose. Feature it in pots or at the back of the perennial garden bed.

‘Red Meidiland’

Close-up of a blooming rose 'Meineble' Red Meidiland against a blurred background of a green garden. This low-growing shrub features glossy, dark green foliage that forms a dense and spreading mat. The plant is adorned with clusters of small, vivid red, semi-double flowers with a cheerful and lively appearance.
Compact and disease-resistant, ‘Red Meidiland’ offers continuous blooming, ornamental hips, and vibrant foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Meineble’ Red MeidilandⓇ
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1.5-2 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

Red Meidiland brings a low-growing shrub rose to the garden as a showy ground cover. A nonstop bloomer from spring until frost, arching stems hold clusters of single red blooms with white centers and yellow stamens.

Ornamental hips turn red in fall and persist well into winter. Bronze-red foliage in fall adds further seasonal interest.

Red Meidiland is a disease-resistant rose ideal for garden spots that benefit from a low-grower like borders, foundations, containers, and groupings. These hardy growers are used in parks and public spaces for their vigor, bloom coverage, and resistance to pollution.

‘New Dawn’

Close-up of a blooming rose 'New Dawn' against a blurred background. This vigorous and repeat-flowering rose produces large, double blooms that unfold from elegant, pointed buds. The blossoms, with their delicate, shell-pink hue, are semi-double and have a charming old-fashioned appearance.
Fragrant climber ‘New Dawn’ has blush pink flowers, glossy leaves, and red hips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘New Dawn’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10-15 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘New Dawn’ is a stunning classic rose with sweetly perfumed, blush pink roses. A climbing rose, ‘New Dawn,’ has long arching canes and glossy green leaves.

Three-inch double flowers grace the garden in spring through frost. Abundant red rose hips follow, produced through fall.

‘New Dawn’ is an Earth-KindⓇ rose introduction rigorously tested for improved landscape performance, requiring little irrigation and no spray for pests and diseases. It can tolerate colder temperatures (some down to USDA zone 4) and grows in dappled shade. A fast-growing profusion of blooms gives ‘New Dawn’ space to climb and enjoy the vigorous bloomer with multi-season appeal.

‘Fru Dagmar Hastrup’

Close-up of a blooming rose 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' against a background of green foliage. This vigorous and low-growing rose produces clusters of soft, silvery-pink, single blooms, each adorned with a golden yellow center. The flower has a simple yet elegant five-petaled form.
This compact, disease-resistant rose boasts pink blooms, red hips, and versatile landscaping appeal.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Fru Dagmar Hastrup’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 2-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

‘Fru Dagmar Hastrop’ is a rugosa rose hybrid, very hardy and disease resistant like its shrub rose parent but tidier and less aggressive. More compact in form than the species, ‘Frau’ blooms spring through fall in showy, single-cupped flowers of delicate pink.

Large, deep red rosehips continue the show after the large blooms fade in late summer, along with striking bronze foliage in fall.

’Fru Dagmar Hastrup’ is fast-growing and ideal for hedges, privacy screens, small groupings, and coastal and pond settings. The rose is salt, deer, and drought tolerant once established. This easy-to-maintain, nonstop bloomer puts on a show for all-season interest.

Rosa glauca

Close-up of a glauca rose against a blurred garden background. This deciduous rose features blue-gray to purplish foliage with jagged edges. The leaves are compound and finely divided, creating an elegant texture. Rosa glauca produces clusters of oval dark burgundy hips with a glossy surface.
This ornamental rose features silvery-blue foliage, pink flowers, orange-red hips, and thorn-free canes.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa glauca
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 6-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-8

Rosa glauca is a highly ornamental wild shrub rose with soft pink, single-petaled blooms. This shrub rose is grown for both its unique foliage and small pink flowers. Its striking foliage is silvery-blue with tinges of plum-purple.

Slightly fragrant, starry five-petaled flat flowers up to one inch appear in late spring. Abundant orange-red hips ripen in fall and persist into winter, along with burgundy canes to add winter interest.

Rosa glauca is a sturdy, disease-resistant plant with very few thorns. Feature it as a specimen or in small groupings at the back of the perennial border, woodland edge, and shrub borders.

‘Thomas Affleck’

Close-up of rose 'Thomas Affleck' in bloom in a garden. Rosa 'Thomas Affleck' is a classic hybrid tea rose celebrated for its elegant and refined appearance. This tall and upright shrub produces large, fully double blooms in a rich, pink hue. The dark green foliage provides a lush and attractive backdrop to the striking blooms.
With fragrant pink blooms, unique yellow-orange hips, and thornless canes, ‘Thomas Affleck’ is hard to resist.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Thomas Affleck’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Thomas Affleck’ boasts deep, rich pink double-blooms with intense fragrance. It gives us the feel of a full, lush rose bloom white, still attracting pollinators to its open, yellow center.

A bonus to ‘Thomas Affleck’ is its unique hips:  pear-shaped and yellow-orange, brightening up a chilly garden. It is a disease-resistant, hardy rose celebrated in the American Garden Rose Selections garden trials.

A thornless rose, ‘Thomas Affleck’ is versatile for a number of garden spots. Feature it up close in a large container, mixed border plantings, or along a walkway where its lovely fragrance can be enjoyed. This rose makes a bold statement in the garden and attracts pollinators – a prize on both counts!

‘Geranium’

Close-up of a blooming rose moyesii 'Geranium' against a blurred green background. This deciduous rose variety features graceful arching branches and pinnately compound, dark green leaves that provide an elegant backdrop. It produces large, single flowers in a striking geranium-red hue.
This wild rose has vibrant red blooms, glowing hips, and RHS recognition.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5-13 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

‘Geranium’ is characteristic of a wild rose with its vigorous shrub growth and arching canes. Its single, brilliant red blooms have overlapping petals and creamy stamens that attract bees.

‘Geranium’ blooms in late spring, with large, elongated, bottle-shaped rose hips emerging in autumn. Hips are red-orange, glowing in the landscape.

The Royal Horticultural Society presented ‘Geranium’ as a prestigious Award of Garden Merit winner. ‘Geranium,’ with its long, arching stems, red flowers, and dark glossy leaves, is elegant in a mixed border or informal hedge.

Scotch Rose

Close-up of Rosa spinosissima with ripe hips. The plant has slender, arching stems adorned with small, dark green leaves that have jagged edges. Following the bloom, it forms small, round, and glossy black hips.
Compact and hardy, Rosa spinosissima displays fragrant white blooms and decorative purplish-black hips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa spinosissima
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Rosa spinosissima is a small, hardy wild shrub rose. It features a profusion of single, cupped two-inch blooms in creamy white with yellow centers.

In addition to its fragrant, prolific flowers for seasonal interest, Scotch rosehips bring a unique accent to the cool season garden with spherical, purplish black fruits that shine in the sun.

Scotch roses are salt and drought-tolerant once established. Grow them as a groundcover or low hedge, or plant them in borders and meadows to attract pollinators. They are also beautiful dried in fall décor.

‘Rosa mundi’

Close-up of a blooming Rosa mundi against a blurred green background. This deciduous shrub boasts lush, dark green foliage and arching stems, creating an elegant backdrop for its distinctive flowers. The blooms are large, semi-double, and renowned for their unique coloration—deep pink with striking white stripes.
Ancient Rosa mundi, with fuchsia and white striped blooms, thrives in various conditions.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa gallica versicolor ‘Mundi’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-11

Rosa Mundi is an old rose with masses of showy blooms forming on a compact, shrubby habit. The blooms are fuchsia and white striped – real showstoppers that won’t disappoint in the garden despite blooming only once in late spring/early summer. This antique rose is one of the oldest and most famed striped roses in cultivation.

Mundi’s profusion of blooms in a striking, ruffly combination is worth the once-a-season bloom fest, where semi-double blooms reach three to six inches across. They have a spicy old rose fragrance and stand out amongst pale green leaves. Small, oval-shaped red rosehips are abundant in fall.

‘Mundi’ tolerates part shade and poor soils and is a hardy, disease-resistant rose. It also has few thorns, making it easy to place and prune.

‘Nootka’

Close-up shot of a blooming Nootka rose in the garden against a blurred background. This rose variety features arching branches and pinnately compound leaves with jagged edges. The plant produces delicate five-petaled blossoms of pink color.
North American native Nootka rose boasts pink blooms, red hips, and adaptable, low-maintenance growth.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa nutkana
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 3-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-10

The Nootka rose is a North American native with single flowers in showy pink. The open-faced flowers of native roses attract more pollinators than those with dense petals, and Nootka is also host to various moths and butterflies.

Abundant red hips remain on the plant throughout the winter. Long canes and colorful fall foliage are other standout features.

Nootka is an easy-care, rugged, and adaptable rose. It grows quickly and spreads by vigorous rhizomes, suitable for bank stabilization and erosion control, in addition to its ornamental value in the landscape.

‘Altissimo’

Close-up of a blooming rose 'Altissimo' in a sunny garden. This vigorous and upright shrub produces large, single to semi-double, velvety red blooms with golden stamens. The glossy, dark green foliage serves as an elegant backdrop to the profusion of vibrant red blossoms.
Vigorous climber ‘Altissimo’ features stunning red blooms and ornamental rosehips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Altissimo’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 7-15 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-11

‘Altissimo’ is a distinctive, red-blooming, vigorous climbing rose. Large, velvety red semi-double flowers, four to five inches across, are a surprise in the garden and a favorite of pollinators. The large blooms are long-lasting and repeat until fall.

The exceptional blooms give way to large, ornamental red-orange rosehips.

‘Altissimo’ tolerates dappled shade and, as a moderate climber, it perfectly fits an arbor, arch, or porch pillar. Enjoy its old rose beauty, light fragrance, and the buzz of bees hard at work.

‘Wickwar’

Close-up of a blooming Rose 'Wickwar' in a sunny garden. The plant produces large, single flowers with creamy white petals and bright yellow centers with prominent stamens.
This vigorous climber boasts dense, white blooms, fragrant foliage, and orange-yellow rosehips.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Wickwar’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-10

‘Wickwar’ is a rambling rose that produces a profusion of creamy white blooms with yellow centers. Summer blooms are so dense you can barely see the chalky, blue-gray foliage. Single flowers are medium in size, reaching two inches, but their burst of bloom clusters and delicious fragrance are the real delights.

Post-bloom, vase-shaped rosehips emerge in vivid orange-yellow, extending the season of interest on this large rose. ‘Wickwar’ is a vigorous climber ideal for arbors, pergolas, fences, and screening. 

A winner of the Royal Horticulture Society’s Award of Garden Merit, ‘Wickwar’ is outstanding in a spot with plenty of space to grow and show. 

‘Meg’

Close-up of a blooming climbing rose 'Meg' against a brick wall. Rosa 'Meg' is a captivating hybrid tea rose admired for its elegant and charming appearance. It produces large, fully double blooms with a delicate peach and pink undertone. The blossoms feature a classic high-centered form. The dark green foliage provides a lush backdrop to the profusion of romantic and enduring flowers.
Apricot blooms, glossy rosehips, and fragrance shine on this cold-hardy climbing rose.
botanical-name botanical name Rosa ‘Meg’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-11

‘Meg’ is a gem in the garden, with blousy, apricot semi-double blooms and sweet fragrance. Its large flowers span three to six inches across and appear in clusters in summer, with some repeat blooming throughout the season.

Large, pear-shaped rosehips are glossy orange-red. ‘Meg’ roses bloom on old wood, so prune after hips have dropped or withered in late winter for new shoots in the spring.

‘Meg’ is a cold-hardy rose. The roses make an excellent cut flower, and their deep gold stamens attract pollinators, so grow it in a cutting garden, pollinator garden, or mixed planting where it has room to climb.

Final Thoughts

When planning your garden additions, opt for roses with extended seasonal interest to bring new elements to the landscape. Rosehips, a captivating facet of the rose, bring extended beauty to the cool-season garden. They also provide important wildlife value.

Let rose blooms fade naturally in late summer to encourage hips to develop. Attract more pollinators to the rose garden with blooming perennial companion plantings.

Get creative with rosehips by incorporating them into floral decor and holiday wreaths. Play with recipes (only consuming organic hips) to embrace the benefits of the whole rose.

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