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Rugosa Rose
Rosa rugosa
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 
Mature Height: 4-6 Feet
Mature Width: 4-6 Feet
Features: Flowers are deep pink, rose pink or white in late spring and early summer (flowers may be produced sporadically throughout summer), and they may be single or double; fragrant; summer foliage is leathery and wrinkled, giving it a distinct texture; autumn color is yellow and orange; fruits are large red-orange "hips" that are edible.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil is best, but it will tolerate some dryness; prefers acid soil, but will tolerate alkaline soils.
  • 'Alboplena' - Fragrant, double, white flowers, no fruit produced, highly resistant to black spot and powdery mildew.
  • 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' - 3-4 feet tall, fragrant, light pink flowers, large red fruit (hips), yellow to orange autumn color, excellent resistance to black spot and powdery mildew.
  • 'Hansa' - Fragrant, semi-double, purplish red flowers, orange red autumn color, resistant to black spot.
Mature Form: Rounded to slightly broad rounded (due to suckering)
Native To: China, Korea and Japan
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Barrier.Barrier
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Hedge.Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Orange
Additional Notes: This rose is very salt tolerant.

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