Species, Wild Rose, Hecht Rose, Red Leaf Rose

Rosa rubrifolia

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: rubrifolia
Synonym:Rosa ferruginea
Synonym:Rosa glauca
Synonym:Rosa pyrenaica
Synonym:Rosa romana
Synonym:Rosa glauca var. rubrifolia
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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:

White (w)

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood 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

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Juneau, Alaska

Palmer, Alaska

Morongo Valley, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

Denver, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Stamford, Connecticut

West Hartford, Connecticut

Evanston, Illinois

Glencoe, Illinois

Madison, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Lexington, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

East Lansing, Michigan

Lake, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Panama, New York

Rome, New York

Pembina, North Dakota

Columbus, Ohio

Chiloquin, Oregon (2 reports)

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Ridgefield, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 17, 2015, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very nice rose, so far. We have it in a dry, bright, full sun location. I dug it up and moved it mid-summer andit handled it with only minor shock. The blooms have a somewhat wild and natural look, which is what I was going for, but the stems and foliage are very handsome and distinct. The bright red hips are absolutely stunning in late fall and early winter. We planted a second plant in the fall and both handled the winter like champs.


On Apr 8, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An elegant, open-growing shrub grown more for its glaucous, burgundy-tinged foliage than for its small (1") pretty single pink flowers. Once-blooming, in early summer. The hips are large and showy when they ripen in autumn.

I have seen this many times, but always as an upright shrub to 4-5' and never as a climber. It has an open suckering habit that is not aggressive and mixes well with herbaceous underplanting.

It is highly resistant to disease, and especially to black spot. Even here in black spot hell, this can be grown without fungicide.

The upper canes are nearly thornless. There are some thorns towards the base.

Botanists now call it R. glauca, though in commerce it's sometimes labeled R. rubrifolia.


On Apr 8, 2015, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Talking about 0 maintenance to rose, this is it! It tolerant many harsh conditions and still growing fine, will even grow well and flower in partial shade location.

I never seen it got spots or sick. So hardy! Easy to grow from seeds or cuttings.


On Jul 19, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Attractive foliage that, in my experience, needs a little shading from intense sun. Blooms in May/June in my garden.


On May 31, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I am growing this in a partly shaded, sporadically watered area. It has grown very fast, 10 feet in 2 years. It doesnt seem to need fertilizer. No black spot. The leaves are a beautiful color, with soft gradations from red to blue. It looks sensational growing next to a golden cultivar of red flowering current.
It has single pink rose flowers in the summer, and nice reddish hips, but the reason to grow it is for foliage. I see it doing well around Seattle in either sun or shade. It does need a lot of room.


On May 8, 2009, LeahA44 from Palmer, AK wrote:

I planted this rose last year. After an extremly harsh and cold winter (-40 and lower), this plant is just started to bud out with no winter protection. I am extremely pleased with this plant.


On May 29, 2006, handgathered from Deerfield, IL wrote:

Chicago area. Rosa Glauca grows by self seeding in my garden. I have seedlings so far from last summer. Can anyone who has seen this or has knowledge of this, please contact me? I am interested in hearing if this becomes an option for viable plants.
In the meantime, I shall baby my babies and hope for the best!



On Feb 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great garden plant, with attractive foliage, delicate flowers (one-time bloomer) followed by small hips that persist all winter. Tolerates shade.


On Nov 13, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This rose is useful for it's unusual glaucus purple stems and foliage. The flowers are rather inconspicuous, but nevertheless charming. They are small, single and a mauve-pink.
The plant glows in the autumn with oval red hips.

The leaves and hips are much used by flower arrangers.