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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Mature Spread 3 - 4 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3-10

Rugosa Rose is the ultimate in carefree Roses. It’s true! This is a native species that requires little upkeep and has absolutely no pests or diseases to worry about. The papery, single petaled Roses are a medium pink color with yellow stamens. They open up throughout the whole summer, even into the fall. All the while forming the biggest Rosehips of any species. Birds can’t help but snack on these vitamin C rich hips all winter. Butterflies, bees and HUmmingbirds are attracted to the sweet nectar.

Unlike hybrid Roses, Rugosa is great for native hedges and will quickly grow in even the worst of soil. The Raspberry-like canes make dense thickets to provide shelter and nesting areas for birds and other small wildlife. Tolerant of salt spray and windy sites, this is one tough beauty.

Rugosa Rose Care

Rugosa Rose is a native to Eastern Asia, Japan and Southeastern Siberia. It will grow in a wide range of soil textures and pH ranges. Rugosa just needs adequate water for establishing. As it matures, Rugosas become very drought tolerant. The very spiny stems help to keep most deer and rabbits from making a meal of the tasty flowers. Full sun is the best position, but Rugosa Rose will tolerate light shade or early/ late day full shade.

This deciduous shrub grows by suckers from the base, much like a Raspberry does. Pruning out of the dead canes is easily done late in the winter while the leaves are gone.  Pruning to control height can be done then as well. Fertilizing is rarely needed for native plants and Rugosas will actually attract aphids in the spring if there is too much early growth produced from over fertilization. A mulch with organic compost or leaves in the fall will help the surrounding soil become more moisture retentive .

Rugosa Rose Spacing

Roses generally need quite a lot of air circulation to help keep diseases away. Rugosa Roses are perfect for a native hedge, since the usual diseases do not affect them. With a height of 3-4 feet and a mature width of 5-7 feet, Rugosa Roses should be spaced at 5 feet on center when planted for a hedge.

Rugosa Rose Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: Growing Zones 3-10
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Spread: 5 - 7 Feet
Spacing: 5 - 7 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat, Drought, Salt
Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Groundcovers, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Native to North America, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer
Common Name: Rugosa Rose
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: ROSA RUGOSA

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