Hybrid Rugosa Rose 'Blanc Double de Coubert'

Rosa rugosa

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: rugosa (roo-GO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blanc Double de Coubert
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blanche Double de Coubert, Muslin Rose)
Hybridized by Cochet-Cochet
Registered or introduced: 1893
Synonym:Rosa rugosa
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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)


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)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are moderately thorny

Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:

Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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


Fayetteville, Arkansas

San Francisco, California

Sarasota, Florida

Trenton, Georgia

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Southborough, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minden, Nevada

Crown Point, New York

Plattsburgh, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Pembina, North Dakota

Drums, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Charleston, South Carolina

Linden, Virginia

Pembroke, Virginia

Langley, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Redmond, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 14, 2015, yukoyd from Redmond, WA wrote:

I'm a lover of bright green foliage so I like this rugosa. Both the stems, covered with hundreds of tiny thorns, and the leaves are a striking lime green. It seems to thrive in the Pacific Northwest and are almost completely immune to dark spots, which is a constant problem for every other rose bush I own. The blooms are big and pretty, but the petals are floppy and very fragile. A bit of rain destroys the blooms and even without any moisture, they seem to fade rather quickly. The flowers do have a nice scent while they last.


On Sep 26, 2015, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This rose has the whitest white I've ever seen that its so pure white almost glowing. It looks great at night when whites shows up silvery color.
Its scented wonderfully, and very healthy. It has a rugosa parentage therefore it suckers. Well that will make propagation easier because its not easy to propagate from cuttings.


On May 23, 2014, quartzknee from Courtenay,
Canada wrote:

Zone 7a yard. Have a row of these on the property line. Who knows how old. They are kind of droopy and informal. My favourite thing is their nice yellow fall colour, which can be used for great fall interest.


On Jul 11, 2013, Helenov from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted this as a small leafless stick from the garden center last year. It quickly grew to about a foot tall and 18" wide. The flowers are beautiful, and they smell amazing, highly fragrant, like spiced oranges.

I have it planted in zone 5a full sun in a spot that gets very wet when it rains, and bakes hard clay when it's dry, and it's doing just fine.


On Oct 15, 2012, davebert from Durham, NC wrote:

I find this rose well suited for the heat of central North Carolina. The flowers are short lived, but are produced frequently on a bush that is wider than tall. My 3 plants are grafted ( which I prefer for all my roses) and therefore don't sucker. The foliage stays very clean and fresh looking during the entire growing season, and is worth growing for that reason alone.


On Jun 25, 2011, valliebeth17 from Crown Point, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

A rose I added to me garden while searching for hardy, old-fashioned roses for my zone 4 garden. One of the first roses to bloom for me, she is polite in growth habit, unlike many rugosas which spread by root, she keeps to herself. The flowers are beautiful, delicate and fragrant. Not for those who are bothered by thorns! Just get a good pair of leather gloves!


On Jul 8, 2008, DriftingDude from Charleston, SC wrote:

A winner in my zone 8 garden. Very fragrant and easy to grow here.


On May 17, 2008, DeenDixie from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

I have grown this rose in my northwest Arkansas garden for 2 years, after having seen it referenced in a number of older gardening books. Easily grown. Lovely pure white 2 1/2 inch wide semidouble flowers, that remind me of a very thin-petaled camelia japonica flower. Fragrant yes, but to me, the fragrance is not like cloves at all--- but rather like an inexpensive baby bathpower. In fact, I do not find the fragrance attractive at all, though what is attractively fragrant, like what is beautiful, is in the nose (if not the eye) of the beholder. All things considered, I am so glad that this plant is in my little garden.


On Feb 19, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From HGTV.com's list of Carefree roses by Mary C. Weaver:

'Blanc Double de Coubert': Those in search of easy roses should pay close attention to the hybrid rugosa class, as its members combine ironclad health and vigor with delicate, fragrant flowers. 'Blanc Double de Coubert', introduced in 1892, is one of the best of the class, with medium-sized semidouble or loosely double silky white blooms. Rugosas are often among the earliest and latest bloomers of the season, and few fragrances are as delightful in early spring or late fall as this cultivar's strong clovelike scent. Foliage is dark-green and extremely disease-resistant; the shrub is vigorous and upright. Hybrid rugosas are at their best in cool and moderate climates, but 'Blanc Double de Coubert' tolerates hot climate... read more


On Jun 2, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France. Won the Classic Shrub Rose award five times from 1999-2001, and the Victorian award from the Milwaukee Rose Society in 2000.

Seed: R. rugosa
Pollen: Sombreuil


On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:

I get a lot of compliments on this rose from passersby (I have a 50 foot hedge of them). The scent is captivating to young and old alike. There is always somebody with their nose buried in the blooms during the summer.

This rose smells *wonderful* and they are a beautiful pristine white set against nice, dark green foliage. They bloom all summer in my garden (pacific northwest). They also have nice big red hips and require very little water (they recieved no water at all last summer - one of our driest, hottest summers and they never even sulked). And they have nice fall color to boot.

On the downside, the blooms are short lived (one day?), they are not a good cut flower (whithering almost immediately after cutting) and the beautiful white petals cling ste... read more


On Jan 13, 2004, wanahca from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I had great success with this plant when I lived in zone 4, and am planning on adding it to my garden in Florida zone 9b. I would like to hear from anyone who has had experience with it this far south.
I think it is one of the prettiest Rugosas, with bright white, semi-double blooms and a delicious, very strong scent of cloves.
It is quite a good repeat bloomer with lovely bright red hips in the fall. They grew about 5' tall and 4' wide. No problems with disease at all in the many years I had them.
A pure delight.


On May 25, 2003, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very hard working plant - it flowers recurrently throughout the season and in autumn follows on with large fruits and good autumn leaf colour. It is shade tolerant, suitable for hedging and the flowers are strongly perfumed.
What more could be asked of any plant?