Hybrid Spinosissimas

Harison’s Yellow, Double White Spinosissima, Andrewsii

A unique group of roses very close to the wild Scots Briar from which they were developed; fine-textured shrubs that add a quality unexpected from roses in the garden. Most are extremely compact, varying from 3′ to 6′ high, and bear charming potentilla-like flowers in a range of colors, with a propensity for marbled effects. The hips or fruits of these roses are dark maroon or black and very effective in arrangements. We include here all the Spinosissima hybrids in our collection, including all of the modern shrub rose versions like the Fruhlings series from Kordes of Germany.


Very bristly plants indeed are these, and as suckering thicket plants prove very useful in creating dense barriers that intruders will avoid. We offer three types (left to right, above) of growth habits as typical.

  • (E.g., Frühlingsmorgen) The modern hybrids that are often less thorny, more open and branching, some of which can get very tall.[ Spin #3]
  • (E.g., Doorenbos Selection) The diminutive growers that often do not achieve 3′ in height. [Spin #1]
  • (E.g., Kakwa) The taller, yet still old-style briers that can grow up to 6′ or more, still suckering closely and very thorny. [Spin #2]

Brackets refer to Explanatory Information page.
Hybrid Spinosissima roses original Vintage Garden pages: VCG_Hybrid Spinosissimas.pdf

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