Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 °C (-50 °F) USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 °C (-45 °F) USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) 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: Mauve and mauve blend (mb)
Bloom Shape: Single
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Shade-tolerant Salt-tolerant Resistant to black spot Resistant to mildew Resistant to rust
Pruning Instructions: Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors Scarify seed before sowing
On Jun 2, 2009, GardenPixi from Anchor Point, AK wrote:
I love these roses. You only have to prune them. I have several different kinds of the Rosa rugosa. They do spread very aggressively. I am always giving them away, planting them in a different spot or just throwing them away. The rose hips taste amazing!
On Jan 14, 2008, spiny1000 from Lillestrøm Norway (Zone 5a) wrote:
This plant makes good shelter in windy saline coastal areas and beaches, but beware of its invasive nature! It could fill your backyard, and is capable of displacing native species.
Very useful and beautiful though, but blacklisted in several countries.
On Jan 14, 2008, soarpoint from Warwick, RI wrote:
Rosa rugosa is also commonly referred to as beach rose. Living on Narragansett Bay, rugosa grows along the shoreline (and in my yard) "naturally". These wild rogasa tend to be pink and sometimes white. They can be very invasive, sending trailers out up to 18 inches from the main root. They get very leggy and I've found that they can be severely trimmed occasionally(early spring) and come back much thicker and healthier.
On Oct 8, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
I planted several pinks ('Wildberry Breeze') and whites ('Wild Spice') in early summer this year. They make a beautiful hedge, growing relatively wide and low. They have a LOT of thorns, tiny spikey ones. Each flower lasts about a day, but they bloomed continuously (with deadheading) from when I planted them until late fall. If they are not deadheaded they make huge, beautiful red rosehips. Apparently rugosa roses do not like to be sprayed.
On Dec 4, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
Rugosa roses originate from the coastal dunes along Northern Japan and Siberia. They are cold-hardy and disease resistant. The foliage of the rugosa is comprised of 5-9 ovate to elliptical leaflets that can reach 3" long and are wrinkled on the upper surface.
Pink or white blooms appear in summer, and in late summer, fruit develops (rose hips) that are the size of small crab apples. These rose hips are rich in vitamin C. There are many new cultivars of the original Japanese rugosa that was hybridized in England in the late 1800's. Now varieties are available with blooms of red, white, and yellow.
In Alaska, these roses are often referred to as 'Sitka Rose' because there is a unsubstantiated bit of folklore that states that this rose was introduced to Sitka by the Russians when they arrived in Southeaster Alaska. Alaskan rugosa rose hips are often used to make jelly.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Pusztafalu, Anchor Point, Alaska Bear Creek, Alaska Anaheim, California Carrick, California Milford, Delaware Snellville, Georgia Carol Stream, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Glen Ellyn, Illinois Washington, Illinois Smiths Grove, Kentucky Brookeville, Maryland South Lyon, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Brandon, Mississippi Marietta, Mississippi Fredericton, New Brunswick Fayetteville, North Carolina Bucyrus, Ohio Johnson, Oklahoma Waldport, Oregon Greencastle, Pennsylvania Middletown, Rhode Island Warwick, Rhode Island Florence, South Carolina Spokane, Washington