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Rosa rugosa
Rosa rugosa

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Rosa rugosa

Ramanas Rose, Sea Tomato
Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers


The rose is the queen of flowers, the most loved and widely planted shrub in all temperate parts of the world. More than 14,000 varieties are grown. Although mostly deciduous, roses can be evergreen in mild climates. Their stems, sometimes quite prickly, may be erect, arching, trailing, or scrambling. Leaves are divided into three, five, or seven leaflets, usually with toothed margins.

Rosa rugosa

Deciduous shrub, from northern China, Siberia, Korea, and Japan. Vigorous shrub with prickly stems and wonderfully fragrant flowers. Grows to 3–6 ft. tall and wide. Glossy bright green leaves have distinctive heavy veining that gives them a crinkled appearance. Flowers are 3–4 in. across and, in the many varieties, range from single to double and from pure white and creamy yellow through pink to deep purplish red. Blooms in spring, summer, and early fall. Bright red, tomato-shaped hips, an inch or more across.

All rugosas withstand hard freezes, wind, aridity, and salt spray. They make fine hedges. Plants grown on their own roots will make sizable, spreading colonies and help prevent erosion. Foliage remains quite free of diseases and insects, except possibly aphids. Among the most widely sold rugosas and rugosa hybrids are ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’, double white; ‘Frau Dagmar Hartopp’, single pink; ‘Hansa’, double purplish red; and ‘Wildberry Breeze’, single, clove scented, lavender-pink.

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