The Rugosa Rose is native to Japan, D.O.B. unknown. Introduced to Europe in the late 1700's, the Rugosa hybrids are prized for ease of cultivation, large fragrant blooms and large highly ornamental hips which are full of Vitamin C. Rugosa roses will tolerate salt laden winds, extremes of heat and cold and are so robust that in some countries they are used for hedging on farms and barrier planting on motorways! Talk about tough. Rugosa roses are also used for Standard Rose Root-stocks and will quickly take over if the grafted rose is neglected or weak. It is important to note though, the one thing they don't particularly tolerate, is modern chemical spray as it damages the foliage but as these roses are disease resistant this is seldom a problem.
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Characteristics of Rugosa Roses
- Almost indestructible
- Rough textured leaves
- Stiff thorny short stems
- Showy hips ornamental and edible rich in Vitamin C
- Mainly summer flowering
- Disease Resistant
- Little if any pruning required
Rugosa. A bushy rose with dense growth and crinkled green foliage. The flowers are fully double and strongly scented in tonesof amber yellow fading to white. Repeats well throughout the summer. This rose from Canada will need space to grow well, ideal for the back of the border. 1922.
Colour: Yellow / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
Rugosa. Bred in France this is an old fashioned rose with scented semi-double flowers of rich magenta pink. The foliage is lush, dark green and heavily veined. In a good season the flowers are followed by dark red ornamental hips. Repeat flowers but not continuously. Shows good disease resistance, award winner. 1894.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m
Rugosa hybrid. Large single blooms of dark pink highlighted with golden stamens appear continuously throughout the season. The blooms are very fragrant and if left uncut will produce large scarlet hips. Dark green foliage. Shows good disease resistance. AKA Hazel le Rougetel. 1988.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Rugosa. You'll enjoy owning this delightful little rose because the flowers are so interesting and unique. The semi-double blooms are white with a soft blush of pink and they have fringed, frilly edges a little bit like a Dianthus. Nice fragrance and generally well behaved with good disease resistance and generous amounts of bloom. 1891.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Rugosa. A rose with simple exquisite beauty. Large, delicate, single, clear pink blooms with prominent stamens and a delightful fragrance. The blooms are followed by very large red hips and the autumn colour of the whole bush is splendid. Free-flowering throughout summer. Hardy and trouble free. 1914.
Colour: Pink / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Rugosa. A robust Rugosa with large, heavy petalled, double, purplish-red flowers with mauve highlights. Beautiful strong clove fragrance. This rose has beautiful red hips that form after the flowers have finished in late summer-autumn. Vigorous, hardy and easy to grow. From the Netherlands - 1905.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Rugosa. This beautifully fragrant rose has soft pink double blooms that open from well shaped buds. Very tolerant of cold and also can take a little bit of shade. Generally a hardy specimen that can be used as a screen or wind break. Repeats from spring until autumn. 1969.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m