rugosa rose Rosaceae Rosa
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, serrate, 5 to 9 ovate to elliptical leaflets, each 1 to 3 inches long, wrinkled upper surface, dark green and glabrous above, slightly waxy and pubescent beneath, obvious stipules at base of petiole.
Flower: White or pink depending on cultivar, 2 inches across, single or double, appearing throughout summer.
Fruit: Shiny deep red, fleshy "hip", 1 each in diameter, ripens in late summer.
Twig: Stout, initially green, turning brown, covered in thin, straight, sharp prickles.
Bark: Light brown very spiny.
Form: A small sprouting shrub that forms a dense cluster, reaches 4 to 6 feet.
Looks like: Woods' rose
- dog rose
- little wood rose
- Nootka rose
| Additional Range Information:
Rosa rugosa is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting rugosa rose.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson