Rugosa Rose

Rosa rugosa | Also known as: Japanese Rose, Ramanas Rose | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

As its name suggests, Rose rugosa is a rugged, tough rose shrub that can be left to its own devices if preferred. For that reason, it’s one of the more popular options in informal garden designs. The density of its thicket makes it ideal as a hedge row, with its thorns ensuring the barrier is secure. But it’s the simple beauty of its scented light pink flower, cast against its fresh glossy mid-green foliage that makes it so desirable. Late summer pruning is best, with the oldest stems good to go. For the best results be sure to plant in moist but well-drained areas, with plenty of sun.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1 - 2.5
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • budding
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Upright
  • Tapering
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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