White Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa alba)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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White Rugosa Rose
Rosa rugosa alba

Species Rugosa rose with distinctive crinkled foliage. Extremely hardy. Adapts to a variety of sites and shows good salt tolerance. White flowers, 3-4 inches wide (petal count 5), strong fragrance. Fall foliage color orange/red. Large orange/red fruit display in fall/winter.  
Full sun, well-drained soil. Prune by the renewal method removing one-third of the oldest canes to the soil line in the spring as needed to keep the shrub open and new canes in production. Prune the stem back to a branch angle (a process called heading back) as needed to reduce width and height. 
Mature Height
5-7 Feet (Width 4 feet to 6 feet)
USDA Hardiness Zone
2 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - August
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Excellent tolerance to blackspot. Watch for Japanese beetle, aphids, cane borer and rose midge.
Additional Notes
For best fruit display, do not deadhead. Don't use fungicides as they are phytotoxic and will result in foliage damage and loss.


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