Burr Rose, Chestnut Rose, Chinquapin Rose

Rosa roxburghii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: roxburghii (roks-BURGH-ee-eye) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(aka Plena, Flore Pleno, Fourreau de Chtaigne, Kastanienfrucht-Rose)
Synonym:Rosa microphylla
Synonym:Rosa roxburghii f. plena
Synonym:Rosa roxburghii f. roxburghii
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are very thorny

Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Junction City, Arkansas

San Leandro, California

Pensacola, Florida

Winder, Georgia

Stoughton, Massachusetts

Leakesville, Mississippi

Saluda, North Carolina

Coos Bay, Oregon

Mount Enterprise, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Linden, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2010, catnip_tx from Mount Enterprise, TX wrote:

This is a delightfully different kind of rose bush...very disease resistant. The foliage is almost like the herb rue. The flowers have not been abundant but their buds are interestingly burr-like. Ours was neglected for a year before being transplanted, so we are not sure what a fully mature plant will do, but we have enjoyed the sporadic blooms, the foliage texture, & the variety it adds to our garden.


On Feb 11, 2010, bekados from Pensacola, FL wrote:

ooooh! nasty thorns! this rose needs to be where it won't be bothered and can be admired from a distance. The flowers are small and not highly scented. It can make an attractive bush but the thorns really take all of the fun out of it for me. :(