- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 3-6' tall
- Mature Width: 3-6' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 3-6' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, orioles, warblers, grosbeaks, and woodpeckers
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Swamp Rose?
Roses almost always need good, well-drained garden soil in order to thrive, so this one is an interesting outlier. Swamp Rose prefers to make its home at the edge of a pond or bog. If you have a wetland area on your property, consider growing this fine Accent in that soggy soil. In early to mid-summer, you’ll be rewarded with a parade of soft pink flowers that give off that classic, soapy-sweet Rose scent. Birders, especially, will love Swamp Rose because it gives birds everything they want—fruits to eat in fall, caterpillar meals, and twiggy habitat for nesting in. A worthy native!
Swamp Rose is a wide-ranging plant that has established itself in most of the eastern U.S., from Wisconsin to Louisiana and east to the Coast, wherever it finds acidic, wet soil. In the wild, its dense, thorny branches provide a safe haven for songbirds, and thicket-dwellers like yellow warblers, cardinals, catbirds, and mockingbirds will nest there. The easy availability of protein-rich caterpillars makes this plant especially appealing as bird habitat. Swamp Rose foliage hosts many, many species of moths and butterflies, which make up an important part of many birds’ diets.
How to use in the landscape?
Swamp Rose flowers produce no nectar, but bumblebees love them anyway for their profusion of pollen, and they collect it eagerly. The result of their work is a multitude of glossy red fruits that nourish birds.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 3-6' tall
Mature Width: 3-6' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 3-6' apart
How To Plant
There are many Roses for drier sites, so choose one of those for average garden conditions, and save this one for wet soil. It will even tolerate periodic flooding. Swamp Rose needs to be in full sun for best results. This plant will develop into an arching shrub with thorny canes. It will spread by suckers, but does so slowly. Prune (carefully) in early spring if desired, or just let it go, and it will become a wonderful, densely twiggy bird hideaway. Do not spray pesticides! They can be deadly to birds and are especially dangerous around wetlands.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9