Hedge Rose vs Shrub Rose

The difference between hedge and shrub roses are not just superficial. They have different characteristics which make them suitable for different situations. Let’s take a look at each one separately.

1) Height:

Shrubs tend to grow taller than their cousins, the hedge roses. Some hedge varieties are only 2 feet tall while others reach 4 or 5 feet. Most hedge roses will never exceed 3 feet because they require too much space and don’t produce enough flowers to justify it. On the other hand, some shrubs like the dwarf hollyhock (Prunus × intermedia) can reach heights of 6 feet or even higher!

2) Flower Color:

Most hedge roses flower red or pink. Many shrubs, however, flower yellow, orange or purple. These colors are usually associated with summer blooming. So if you’re looking for a hedge rose that blooms all year round, you’ll want to choose a shrub rather than a hedge.

3) Flowers:

Flowers are what makes these roses so special. The flowers on hedge roses tend to be smaller and form tightly together on the bush. On shrubs, the flowers are larger and more widely spaced on the branches. The former arrangement is ideal for tight hedges and informal borders while the latter fits in well with formal gardens or large bouquets.

4) Fragrance:

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Most shrubs have a stronger, more powerful fragrance than hedge roses. Some of them can fill an entire room with fragrance.

Sources & references used in this article:

Multiflora rose for farm hedges by HA Steavenson – The Journal of Wildlife Management, 1946 – JSTOR

Fruit production in cranberry (Ericaceae: Vaccinium macrocarpon): a bet‐hedging strategy to optimize reproductive effort by AO Brown, JN McNeil – American Journal of Botany, 2006 – Wiley Online Library

Plant management of greenhouse roses. The pruning by N Zieslin, Y Mor – Scientia Horticulturae, 1981 – Elsevier

The role of non-genetic inheritance in evolutionary rescue: epigenetic buffering, heritable bet hedging and epigenetic traps by RE O’Dea, DWA Noble, SL Johnson… – Environmental …, 2016 – academic.oup.com

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