garden ponderings

Rose Hips in Fir Tree



A close-up photo is what is needed for the rose hips to show up.  While walking in the woods around the house looking for mushrooms, I was surprised to find this fir tree with a wild rose bush intertwined high in its branches.

It is a little early for Christmas decorations to be going up, but that is exactly what I thought of when I saw these two plants growing together.  There are a number of wild rose bushes growing around here, and I encourage them to stay.  This particular rose bush is growing exceedingly tall, perhaps because (a) it has been left alone for a long time, and (b) it has grown up as the tree has grown and a very long stem has developed.

This is at least a 30-foot tall Douglas Fir tree, about 30 years old.  In the US Douglas Fir trees are synonymous with Christmas trees.  There are many Christmas tree farms in this state, though most are farther north where it rains a bit more.


Author: susanpots

potter, gardener of flowers and vegies

3 thoughts on “Rose Hips in Fir Tree

  1. In the Fall the rose hips are often abundant in the hedgerows. I often think of picking some to bring in for flower arrangements … but when examined, I find one would have to pick a very large number of branches… sadly I have come to the conclusion that I can use “fake” red berries. Perhaps in the end, it is best to leave the wild ones to be enjoyed by all who pass by.

  2. I have considered collecting the hips to make jelly, but as you noted it would take a lot of picking.
    I think the birds and other animals eat the hips, they are quite nutritious, you know.

  3. Supposed to be high in Vit C

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