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PlantFiles: Hybrid Rugosa Rose
Rosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sir Thomas Lipton
Hybridized by Van Fleet; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1900

Synonym:Rosa rugosa

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Hybrid Rugosa

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)

Bloom Color:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are very thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jadira On Jun 12, 2008, jadira from Mantua, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely, hardy rose that blooms reliably from late May to frost in NE Ohio. Very fragrant. Some years it gets aphids, but overall it is very resistant to pests and diseases. Extremely sharp thorns.

Positive Roselaine On May 31, 2005, Roselaine from North Vancouver, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This big guy puts on a show from beginning to frost.........Now the shrub is over 12' high! A very interesting garden specimen for impact! Elaine

Neutral Paulwhwest On May 17, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States.

Seed: R. rugosa alba
Pollen: Clotilde Soupert


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

Palmyra, Illinois
Noblesville, Indiana
Polson, Montana
Mantua, Ohio
Ashland, Oregon
Pikeville, Tennessee

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