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Rosa Rugosa

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  2-9

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  4-6' Height and 4-6' Spread

Growth Rate:  Fast - 24" or more per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

Rosa Rugosa

The Rosa Rugosa is an amazingly versatile and carefree shrub. Usually used as a flowering hedge, the plant is adorned with large, brilliant pink blossoms that flower through the summer. The blooms are very fragrant. This shrub produces large red rose hips that ripen from August to October. The hip from the Rosa Rugosa lasts all winter or until the birds pick them clean.

The Rosa Rugosa is a beautiful and versatile shrub. This hardy selection blooms throughout the season and attracts bees and butterflies to your garden. Be sure to cut it back in fall to keep the shrub dense instead of long and spindly the next season. The Rosa Rugosa has some drought tolerance and good road salt spray tolerance. Exhibits good deer resistance.  This selection works good in the home and commercial landscape as a low border or used in mass plantings. 

Common uses for the Rosa Rugosa include:

  • Ornamental shrub
  • Naturalizing or softening an open area
  • Landscape shrub for urban use
  • Low to medium sized hedge
  • Mass plantings

The Rosa Rugosa is a dense shrub that provides nesting cover and shelter for many smaller birds. Its fragrant flowers bloom throughout the summer and are visited by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The rose hips are enjoyed by birds such as waxwings and thrushes.

Product Questions

When is the best time to prune a rosa rugosa?
Question by: Julie Garrels on Jan 21, 2021, 5:23 PM
Late winter to early spring, just as new leaf buds begin to swell, is the proper time to prune. Much later, and you may not be able to see the canes. However, only renewal pruning is necessary every two to three years for the plant to perform well. You can renewal prune to about 8-12"
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 22, 2021, 10:13 AM
What is it about this particular rosa rugosa that makes the rose hips strictly ornamental and not edible?
Question by: Arwen on Mar 16, 2022, 8:35 AM
The rose hips are edible, mainly used in cooking, preserving, pressing for oils. It may be best to avoid the seeds, as they can be an irritant to the GI system. We recommend doing your own research before deciding to consume any plant parts.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 16, 2022, 12:20 PM
Is rosa rugosa a native plant?
Question by: Sarah V Murphree on Apr 7, 2023, 10:24 AM
Rosa Rugosa is not native to the United States. Native in China, Korea, Japan and naturalized in northern, western and central Europe.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 7, 2023, 11:05 AM